Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Patel Plaza celebrated the end of Diwali, a yearly Hindu festival, with a fireworks display Monday night.
Several local community Facebook groups were atwitter with activity Monday night after residents heard what they thought were explosions in the area. But no need to worry. Patel Plaza, the fast-growing Indian shopping center on Church Street outside Decatur, was hosting a celebration of the end of Diwali, a five-day Hindu festival known as the "festival of lights" that began this year on Nov. 13. The plaza launched the fireworks display last night, however, because DeKalb County police gave them permission for that date, one of the retailers told Patch. If you're not familiar with Diwali, here's a pretty good primer from the BBC: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is also an …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
How to safely use fireworks, where to go to celebrate and how to get home safely this Fourth of July.
As the Fourth of July approaches, it's a good time to review some tips about safely using fireworks--that is, if you want to use them yourself. The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these tips for fireworks and sparklers: If you'd rather let someone else set off the fireworks, head over to Keswick Park for an all-day celebration including carnival games, watermelon seed spitting contests, cornhole competitions, a bike parade, clowns, live music and food before the big show gets underway at about 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Make sure to show us your pictures and videos! Since it's been so hot lately, make sure to keep cool: drink lots of water, get in the shade or into an air conditioned space if needed and keep an eye on one …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Residents urged to monitor The Decatur Minute at www.thedecaturminute.com.
Last year rain washed out Decatur's fireworks on the Fourth of July, causing the city to reschedule on Sept. 24. It could happen again. The city posted this notice on its website Monday. Due to extreme weather conditions (heat and possible thunder storms), please be advised that the City of Decatur will be monitoring the temperatures on Wednesday, July 4th and may decide, in the interest of public safety, to cancel some or all of the planned holiday events including the Pied Piper Parade, the Concert on the Community Bandstand, and the fireworks. Updates will be made via the City’s blog, www.thedecaturminute.com and we recommend that you check the site often for timely reports and possible schedule changes. The parade starts at 6 p.m. …
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Decatur's Fourth of July Fireworks -- delayed by rain -- show lit up the sky Saturday night after the concert.
If you missed Saturday night's rain-delayed Fourth of July fireworks on the Decatur Square, you're in luck. Photographer Roger Easley used the fireworks setting on his Canon PowerShot XS30IS to take these images of the colorful explosions in the autumn night air. Patch reader Jimmy Smith also sent in a photo, which is included with this article. If you have photos of the fireworks, the concert or your family having fun last night, Patch would love to publish them. Send them to us.