Third Third’s a charm

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM.

Following the fireworks, a rare traffic jam gripped the downtown, as traffic slowly made its way back to accommodations in Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint and Carrabelle.

By about 1 a.m., the clean-up crew finally called it quits, Bachrach said.

“We were wore out but we’re incredibly pleased at the turnout,” he said. “The volunteers make this happen and it's a cross-section of this community. It’s not a small group, but from all walks of life, all organizations in town. Every organization in this city had someone working.”

As plans begin for next year’s celebration, event organizers plan to examine what worked well, or didn’t, this year. There may be some changes, but one thing that will remain the same is that the city’s salute to the nation’s birthday will remain on July 3, possibly renamed Independence Eve Celebration or something similar, Bachrach said.

Organizers believe that ever since the city began its July 3 tradition a few years ago, it’s worked well, giving locals and visitors alike a chance to get their holiday celebration started while preventing any clashes with other festive family fun on July 4 itself.

“It’s turned out to be the luckiest, smartest move we’ve ever made,” Bachrach said.

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