Morgan City, Berwick team up for ‘Rock the 5th’ Saturday

Jeraldine Gros was baiting her hook while fishing the Atchafalaya River Wednesday. The quiet scene will be replaced Saturday when “Rockin’ the Fifth” is held on the riverfront. The Fourth of July weekend celebration will include fireworks at 9 p.m.
(The Daily Review Photo by Crystal Thielepape)

Fireworks planned on the river

The Atchafalaya River will be lit up Saturday with a fireworks show for Morgan City’s “Rock the 5th,” which will feature live music and food for sale benefiting various causes.
The Morgan City Main Street committee budgeted money to bring a fireworks show back to the Atchafalaya River, Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said.
The fireworks will be shot from a barge on the river this year. “The previous couple years we did it at the lake. There was a big push to bring it back to the river,” Grizzaffi said. The city will have live music at Lawrence Park with Morgan City native Hal Bruni and Band Camp, a rock band from New Orleans, performing at the event. Bruni will play from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by Band Camp from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All food will be provided by non-profits, Grizzaffi said. The City of Morgan City is partnering with the Town of Berwick to put on the fireworks show, he said.
Don and Mata Tellman will be selling barbecue plate lunches for $10 that includes barbecue pork spare ribs, barbecue sausage, black-eyed pea jambalaya and coleslaw; or a barbecue pulled pork sandwich with or without coleslaw for $5. All proceeds will go to the Fallen Warriors Memorial project, according to a city news release.
Central Catholic High School Extreme Sports will be selling hamburgers to benefit its sports program. Immanuel Baptist Church will sell soft drinks and water to raise money for an upcoming mission trip and Morgan City Main Street will be selling cold beer and wine to raise funds to continue hosting events and making improvements in the downtown area, the release stated.
There will be a “Kids’ Corner” tent set up with Frisbees, bubbles, hula-hoops, sidewalk chalk and festive face painting, according to the news release.
Band Camp is a six-piece New Orleans-based rock/pop cover band that plays a diverse mix of music, dons outrageous costumes and brings state-of-the-art stage production, according to the band’s website. The band is versatile in its song choices covering hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today, the website stated.
The La. 182 bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for the fireworks show between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. over the Atchafalaya River, the release stated.
City officials are asking people to leave their ice chests at home as multiple organizations are trying to raise money by selling food, the release stated.
Berwick Mayor Louis Ratcliff said the Town of Berwick will make the riverfront available for people to be able to watch the fireworks.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

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