Beginning at noon Thursday, residents will hear one firework shot off every hour leading up to the Washington American Legion’s annual fireworks display.

The display is set to begin at dark Thursday, at the Washington fairgrounds.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will take place Friday, July 5.

“It’s sort of a tradition,” Dave Anderson, fireworks committee member, said of the hourly reminder.

“It just lets the public know that we’re out there and that the display is free and open to the public,” he said.

The Legion contracted with Lantis Fireworks and Lasers, Eureka, which became a part of J&M Displays earlier this year.

“We owe a real debt of gratitude to Randy Albeck (formerly of Lantis) and his association with J&M Displays,” Anderson said.

The company accepted last year’s down payment for this year’s display because drought conditions forced the cancelation of the display.

“It was like nothing ever happened,” he said. “They have treated us absolutely wonderful.”

This year’s display will feature multi-shell barrages of special effects, ground displays, purple and lemon crossettes, silver palm crackling flowers, red star pattern shells, mix-colored bees, palm tree shells and a lot of red and blue.

One multi-shell barrage features 182 shots in a minute and a half while fanning back and forth.

There will be a lot of movement and bright colors, as well as two 5- by 10-foot American flags in the ground display that burn for 45 seconds each.

A goodwill offering will be accepted during the show. Anderson said any amount is appreciated and thanked the community for continuing to be supportive of the show.

This year’s display will cost $15,000, Anderson said.

“We’ve seen kids put pennies in (the collection buckets) and that’s fine. It really helps offset the cost of what we put into the display,” he said.

Members of the Post 218 boys baseball team and volunteers will man the food stand where they will cook and sell snacks during the display. Beer and soda also will be available.

All food proceeds will benefit the baseball team.

Those who prefer to mail a donation may send checks to the American Legion, 1007 E. Third St., Washington, MO 63090.

No outside food, coolers or bottles other than baby bottles will be allowed in the park. Pets are not allowed.