Angie Shockley, program director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the parking lots at McClellan were full and the streets were lined with cars by 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.
“The turnout was just awesome,” Shockley said.
She said fireworks shows usually bring out large crowds.
In 2009, the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display was rescheduled several times before finally taking place on New Year’s Eve. The turnout for that show was great, too.
“When there’s no competition, you get the crowds from the other cities,” Shockley said.
Mayor Vaughn Stewart approached Shockley in October about having the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, she said. The city wanted to provide a family-oriented event to celebrate the day, and fireworks were a great fit, she added.
The show lasted 20 minutes and cost the city $14,850, Shockley said. It took the cooperation of the police and fire departments, public works, electricians and workers Parks and Recreation Department, she said. But it was a gift to the entire community, said Stewart.
It’s unique and draws crowds from all over the area, he said.
“It’s a way to show off McClellan, and we want to do that every opportunity we get,” Stewart said.
He added the regional appeal brings area cities together and that’s a good thing.
“At the end of the day, we’re all one big neighborhood,” Stewart said.
Anniston City Councilman Seyram Selase said he would like to continue the shows in the coming years.
“It’s a new year,” Selase said. “It’s a new Anniston.”
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.