Independence celebration will brighten night with laser light

Published 7:36 am Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Fourth of July celebration fires up a little early this year with a community 4th of July Laser and Light Display that will start lighting the night on June 30.
Presented by Big John’s Closeouts and Forbes Family Holiday Productions, the display will feature a full-production laser light show as well as a video tribute to the military.
“It will be good family fun,” said planner Roger Forbes. “It will be a big show.”
The show will combine nights of good family fun with some goodwill for the community.
Forbes said admission to the show is free, but monetary and canned food donations are being accepted to be given to local charities.
“The main objective is to raise money for local charities,” Forbes said. “The show is strictly 100 percent charity. All money and donations will be given to local agencies.”
Forbes might be familiar to some – he regularly hosts the Forbes Family Christmas light show at his Elizabethton home.
“We raised $50,000 for local charities through the Christmas lights,” he said. “We would love to be able to do the same through the Fourth of July laser light show.”
The summer show will feature simulated fireworks, patriotic music and patriotic laser light displays.
Forbes said Peach Tree Laser will conduct the shows, which will last around 20 minutes. The shows will begin at 8 p.m. and be conducted every half hour until 11 p.m. The show will be held from June 30 through July 5.
“It is a week-long event,” Forbes said. “Families can come see this show and still see others around the area.”
The shows will be held at Big John’s Closeouts in the main customer parking lot. Forbes said the show would be held rain or shine. The show will be transmitted through the radio on 106.7 FM

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