Pine Belt residents celebrate rainy Independence Day

Pine Belt residents celebrate rainy Independence Day
Fireworks Paul B. Johnson state park. Photo source Carley Sykes

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The rain didn't stop Pine Belt residents from celebrating their independence.

Hundreds gathered at Paul B. Johnson State Park and Little Black Creek Campground to take in the festivities. Events started early in the afternoon and lasted throughout the night. Heavy rain came through the area, but managers were confident that the parties would go on.

"I've never had to postpone a show," said Bill Sykes, park manager. "I always guarantee that the fireworks will be set off on Independence Day."

The fireworks were set off at Paul B. Johnson state park without delay at 9 p.m. Little Black Creek Campground held its 30 minute fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.