Independence Holiday Starts With a Bang at Barnett Reservoir
Ridgeland, MS
06/28/2017 03:18 PM
Traditionally, the Fourth of July Weekend usually ends with a bang. Not this year, at least not at Barnett Reservoir where the area’s best fireworks show will be lit at 9 p.m. on Saturday July 1 over the 33,000-acre lake northeast of Jackson.
A highlight of the 5th annual Barnett Reservoir Foundation Independence Celebration and RezFest, the dual - and dueling - fireworks show will be launched from both sides of The Rez, with a patriotic music soundtrack simulcast on MISS 103 FM.
Events are scheduled at both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, with both offering the best viewing of the fireworks.
At Lakeshore Park, the Foundation, teaming with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, will stage RezFest and the Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Show beginning at 4 p.m. RezFest offers children of all ages hands-on participation in hunting, fishing, conservation and other outdoor-related activities. Included will be the National Wild Turkey Federation’s firing range, a turkey and deer calling demonstration by renowned call designer and builder Pal Meek, and a casting clinic assisted by volunteer anglers, including 2015 BASS Open Champion Gene Bishop of Ridgeland.
The music lineup on the Jackson Ready Mix sound stage at Lakeshore Park includes Josh Journeay from 4-6 p.m., followed by Burnham Road from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
At Old Trace Park, the day starts at 8 a.m. with the fun Splash ’N’ Dash run sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Later, Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers will rock Old Trace from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Ron Etheridge takes the stage from 4 to 6 p.m. Lots of activities for children will be included, as well as military displays.
Another highlight of the event will be a flyby by vintage military warplanes at 6 p.m., with several passes down the lake giving both parks a nice view.
Several food vendors will be present in both parks throughout the event, and each park will have a beer garden hosted by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.  All events are free.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is private non-profit organization that supports the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, a state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir. Foundation Community sponsors include Ergon, Nucor Steel, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Kathryn’s Steakhouse, Jackson Ready Mix, Climate Masters and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at
Cindy Ford
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