Freedom Concert and Lacey Fireworks Spectacular set for Thursday

All eyes will be on Lacey this week, beginning with the Freedom Concert and Lacey Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday night, followed by the Lacey Chamber of Commerce’s South Sound BBQ Festival at Huntamer Park on Saturday.

And the fireworks display is still on for 10:15 p.m. Thursday, said Stephanie Hemphill, executive director of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce.

Entertainment Fireworks, the south Thurston County vendor that will put on the fireworks display, is set to fulfill its current shows, she said.

That is the same company that was involved in a tragic explosion about two weeks ago which resulted in one death and two injuries.

But Judith Julian, president of Entertainment Fireworks, confirmed Monday that it is business as usual for the company, with plans to do 80 to 100 fireworks shows in five states over the July 4 weekend.

The longtime Lacey fireworks show also has a future after the chamber and city of Lacey struck a three-year deal in which the chamber has agreed to raise $22,000 for the program each year over the next three years. It also has secured key sponsors, including Twin Star Credit Union and Xerox.

The South Sound BBQ festival also is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and for the first time -- under a trial period -- a beer garden will be part of the festival.

That was something Lacey City Council agreed to last year, voting to allow alcohol to be served at two events -- the barbecue festival and the Mushroom Festival at the Regional Athletic Complex -- for two years, beginning Jan. 1, 2014 and ending Dec. 31, 2015.

The Freedom Concert, which will feature the Mud Bay Jazz Band, the 133rd National Guard Band, DJ Tony G and singers Andy Landers and Gayla Duerr, is set for 6:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at Lacey Crossroads, Yelm Highway and College Street.

The Lacey Fireworks Spectacular starts at 10:15 p.m. at William Bush Park, which is near Lacey Crossroads at 4400 Chardonnay Drive N.E.

Spectators are encouraged to view the show from Lacey Crossroads and to also bring their own seating for the fireworks and concert.

Road access will be limited before and after the fireworks show.

Yelm Highway near Bush Park will close at 10 p.m., and at 10:15 p.m., College Street and Rainier Road near Yelm Highway will close for two hours for pedestrian safety and to allow traffic to exit following the show.

Detour routes will be established using 66th Ave. SE, Ruddell Road SE, Mullen Road SE, 37th Ave. SE and Wiggins Road SE, according to the city of Lacey.