Hattiesburg, Petal partner to present Star-Spangled Celebration


After a successful first year, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association and the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering again to offer a family-friendly Fourth of July experience.

The second annual Star-Spangled Celebration on the River will take place from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, in Hattiesburg’s Chain Park and Petal River Park, complete with a 9 p.m. fireworks display on each city’s bank of the river. 

“We are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday at this now-annual event in the beautiful Chain Park in Downtown Hattiesburg,” said Andrea Saffle, executive director for Downtown Hattiesburg Association. “Last year we received an overwhelmingly positive response from families and groups of all sizes and ages who joined us for this patriotic, summer tradition and are excited to offer another signature event for our community on both sides of the river in 2019.”

Presented by Coca-Cola, the celebration will be family-friendly for residents and visitors of both Hattiesburg and Petal. Live music, activities, a kids zone, and a range of food vendors will be on both sides of the Leaf River. Additionally, official event T-shirts and tank tops will be available for purchase in both parks.

“We are excited to partner with our sister city to connect our communities for a fun, laid-back celebration of our country’s birthday,” said Valerie Wilson, executive director of Petal Area Chamber of Commerce. “The event provides a first-class experience for all those who attend, and the Petal River Park serves as a beautiful backdrop for it.”

Admission to the event is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit back and enjoy the festivities. Pets, glass, tents, and personal fireworks are not permitted at this event. Parking onsite is limited, but offsite parking with shuttle service will be available.

For more information on the music lineup, available vendors, parking, or accessibility, follow the event on Facebook at “Star-Spangled Celebration on the River” or visit the website at StarSpangledEvent.com. 

This event is made possible by Coca-Cola, The First – A National Banking Association, Downtown Hattiesburg Association, Petal Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Petal, City of Hattiesburg, and the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, in cooperation with VisitHATTIESBURG.