Fireworks on the Water blasts off after questionable weather

Families watch the fireworks display during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. Even through weather complications the fireworks show was still able to be put on display. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Families watch the fireworks display during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. Even through weather complications the fireworks show was still able to be put on display. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Fireworks light the sky during the 2017 Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. The show lasted for 18 minutes and was choreographed to recorded music. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Fireworks light the sky during the 2017 Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. The show lasted for 18 minutes and was choreographed to recorded music. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

People purchase food from various vendors during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. Many vendors sold food to volunteers and families on location throughout the whole event. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

People purchase food from various vendors during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. Many vendors sold food to volunteers and families on location throughout the whole event. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Dr. Medhat Hamed, a new Columbus, Mississippi, resident, catches a football during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus. Many people created their own entertainment because the scheduled live music was unable to take place in the rain.

Dr. Medhat Hamed, a new Columbus, Mississippi, resident, catches a football during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus. Many people created their own entertainment because the scheduled live music was unable to take place in the rain.

Family and friends gather as the sun sets during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. People stayed entertained by the bouncy obstacle courses, tossing footballs, talking with friends or vendors and dancing to music being played from the stage’s pre-made playlist.

Family and friends gather as the sun sets during Fireworks on the Water July 1, 2017, at the Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus, Mississippi. People stayed entertained by the bouncy obstacle courses, tossing footballs, talking with friends or vendors and dancing to music being played from the stage’s pre-made playlist.

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Despite inconsistent weather, about 6,000 people attended Fireworks on the Water July 1 at the Stennis Lock and Dam.

 

Until 6 p.m., there was no guarantee the fireworks show would take place.

 

The overcast sun did eventually appear and with a light rain, the show went on.

 

Those in attendance were able to enjoy the bouncy obstacle courses, tossing footballs, talking with friends or vendors and dancing to music being played from the stage’s pre-made playlist.

 

“I’m happy everyone had a good time even with the not-so-great weather,” said Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th Flying Training Wing commander.

 

Danika Portz, pop and country music singer, and the rock-and-roll-influenced Johnny Coleman and the Swing Shift band, were scheduled to play live music, but because of the weather they could not set up the electronics necessary to play their live music.

 

Both artists said they were disappointed they were unable to perform for the Columbus, Mississippi, crowd.

 

“Any chance we get to play for the military is a complete honor,” Portz said. “I’m so grateful Columbus invited us back. Everyone’s been really, really sweet and even if it doesn’t happen I hope we can make something happen in the future.”

 

Fireworks then lit up the sky and were choreographed to multiple popular songs from the past decades.

 

The show lasted about 18 minutes and had many people cheering when the larger fireworks rang loud over the water.

 

After the fireworks display, volunteers and workers of the event cleared the parking lots, helping stuck cars out of the mud to make it home.