The Rockets’ Red (and White, and Blue, Too!) Glare

I ask myself more and more lately, “Where has the time gone?!”  I can’t believe 2012 is half over, and it’s already time for one of Sumter’s biggest holiday celebrations.  With an estimated annual attendance of 35,000, that is no exaggeration!

So, what’s the deal?  It’s Jammin’ July 4th, being held this year at Dillon Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 5 to 11 p.m.  The US Air Force knows how to throw a party, and this is a big one!  Brought to you by the Force Support Squadron of the 20th Fighter Wing, in cooperation with the City of Sumter and Sumter County, it’s an evening of rides, refreshments and rock ‘n roll!

Entertainment this year includes the return of the Blue Aces.  Drawing on a broad palette of musical and cultural backgrounds, the Blue Aces “bring da noise” with a variety of sounds from classic rock to the mellow and soulful.  Check out their performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Risin’” at Colonial Williamsburg right here.

The Aces will be supported by The RISQ, an up-and-coming band from Columbia, SC.  An accomplished trio with a mix of original material and numbers by Green Day, Blink-182, My Chemical Romance and other current and classic bands, it’s hard to believe these guys are not yet out of their teens.  Past winners of the Maggie Valley “Battle of the Bands,” the RISQ can hold their own with the pros!

Now, I already know what some of you are thinking:  what about the fireworks?  The show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. and features one of the most exciting pyrotechnics displays to be seen in the state.  Don’t miss out! 

Dillon Park is located at 1210 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive.  (From Main Street or 521 North, please turn onto North Pike West to access the park entrance.)  Or, just avoid the parking hassle altogether and take advantage of FREE shuttle service provided by RTA!  The buses will leave from Sumter Mall (on the Belk Department Store end) every thirty minutes.  (The shuttles are wheelchair accessible.)  Admission is free; refreshments and ride admissions are available for a charge.   Please, no pets or coolers allowed.  For more info, e-mail the 20th FSS at

Join us once again as the Sumter/Shaw community celebrates the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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