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Hidden Gems of Mississippi

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Mississippi features many unique places that draw in visitors from around the country. Check out these hidden gems of Mississippi that are well worth taking the trip.

The Shed

Is there anything better than blues guitar and Southern barbecue? The Shed is home to pulled pork, chicken platters, and brisket that’ll make your mouth water and live music that’ll make your heart sing. Outdoor bonfires and a warm indoor dining area make The Shed the perfect spot for all seasons. Head down to Ocean Springs to see what all the fuss is about!

Hattiesburg Zoo

Kids and adults alike will enjoy an afternoon at the Hattiesburg Zoo. The Sloth Experience features a tour of the animal kitchen, participation in meal preparation, and a hands-on experience with an actual sloth, making it a must for curious children of all ages. Outside of observing the animals, a carousel, playground, and four-story ropes course are just a few activities kids and parents can take part in.

U.S.S. Cairo

The U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum is the very same gunboat that was sunk in 1862 and has the distinction of being the first ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo. The Cairo was hauled up from the depths and shipped to Ingalls Shipyard on the Gulf Coast in Pascagula, Mississippi, in 1965, where it was reassembled and restored. This time capsule is worth visiting if you’re a history or nautical buff.

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Vicksburg if you know where to look. For a reliable and stylish ride to get you there, look no further than Blackburn Nissan.

 

Have a Very Merry Christmas in Vicksburg This Year!

Though you’re no doubt still recovering from your Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to start looking ahead to the holiday season proper. This time of year, Vicksburg comes alive in celebration of the season, and you have plenty of opportunities to take part. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

In the evenings, it’s ideal to take a drive past all of the area’s gorgeous plantation homes to soak up their splendid holiday décor. Across the South, you won’t find yuletide beauty as you will right here in Vicksburg. If you’re looking at taking a special holiday staycation, many of these lovely plantation homes also serve as bed and breakfasts, giving you the perfect setting for an intimate and memorable weekend break.

No Christmas in Vicksburg would be complete without an afternoon with Santa himself. This year on Dec. 9, you can bundle up the kiddos and head over to the Vicksburg Convention Center for the 16th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Magical Adventure in Candyland.

From Dec. 14-16, The Warren Central High School Madrigal Dinner & Singe Feaste provides a full four-course dinner, music, and a play. You’ll want to purchase your tickets in advance, so mark your calendars now.

If you need an exciting new ride for all of your holiday adventures in Vicksburg, look no further than Blackburn Nissan!

Fan-Favorite Game Day Recipes

Game Day

Football season is here again, which means parties and celebrations with your friends and families. To fuel you and your crew as you cheer on your favorite team, you’ll need delicious snacks. To get you off the bench and into the game, try these four excellent game day recipes.

Bacon-and-Greens Salsa

For a Southern-style take on salsa, this recipe incorporates mixed greens and bacon and is best served with pork rinds, sweet potato chips, and hot sauce.

Hoppin’ John Hush Puppies

Hush puppies are the perfect handheld snack for an on-your-feet kind of game. With a mixture of peas, ham, rice, and onions, you can craft a unique take on the classic hush puppy that is perfectly crispy and will have them begging for more.

Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs

If you’re looking for something a little harder, you can please the delicious baby back ribs. Make sure you’ve got the time necessary for this meal: It requires eight hours to marinate and two hours or so to grill. But once you bite into that tender meat, you’ll realize that the best things come to those who wait.

Cheese Straws

If you don’t eat meat but love savory snacks, these cheese straws are quite easy to make and will fit the bill. All it takes to make these straws are flour, cheese, butter, salt, baking powder, and 10 minutes of your time well-spent.

Be creative when it comes to your game day recipes and you’ll find yourself the talk of the water cooler on Monday morning. If you want to be the talk of the office from the moment you roll up into your parking spot, stop into Blackburn Nissan and get yourself behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan.

Celebrating Memorial Day in Vicksburg

 

celebrating Memorial DayCelebrating Memorial Day in Vicksburg is a big deal, due to the area’s history as a key location in the Civil War. It also has the second-largest military cemetery in the US, and features a National Military Park. Here are just a few events that will be happening this coming Memorial Day.

Veterans Parade

One of the simplest ways to honor local soldiers and war veterans is by turning out for the Memorial Day Parade on Washington Street, with several local veteran groups participating, including American Legion and VFW.

Service at Vicksburg Auditorium

Join the community as we remember those lost in the wars of our past at Vicksburg Auditorium during a special service, including a military band.

National Military Cemetery

Following the service at the auditorium, there will be a motorcade to the military cemetery, where there will be speeches and other programs in honor of fallen soldiers who dedicated their lives to defending our country.

Battle of Vicksburg Re-Enactments

If you’re interested in seeing history up close and personal, take a self-guided tour of a re-enactment of the Battle of Vicksburg, which will give you a more accurate view of what actually happened.

Join us at Blackburn Nissan in appreciating all the veterans and soldiers in our community have done for us by celebrating Memorial Day in Vicksburg.

 

Red Carpet Classic at Blackburn Motor Company

A car show is the perfect place for enthusiasts and history buffs to spend a weekend! The Red Carpet Classic is coming up fast, so be sure to mark your calendars. This year’s annual car show will be held at Blackburn Motor Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grab your keys, the kids, and your car! This year is bound to be one that you don’t want to miss.

All kinds of vehicles are welcome at the 11th annual Red Carpet Classic. Muscle cars, hot rods, race cars, antique vehicles, and tractors are just a handful of what we want to see on the lot! Registration starts at 11am on April 22nd, but attendees can pre-register and save a little money.

The Friday Nite Drive In starts at 6pm and will feature the animated movie Cars. Vehicles will be judged and could win a variety of awards. Several potential awards include the People’s Choice, Sweet 16, Mayor’s Choice, and Kid’s Pick. Awards will be presented at 2pm on the day of the show.

See vicksburgcruisers.com for updates regarding scheduling and event changes for the 11th annual Red Carpet Classic later this month. We here at Blackburn Nissan hope to see you there!

Check Out These Thanksgiving Travel Tips While It’s Still Early

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Be Safe this Holiday Season!

Do you have a long family trip ahead of you this holiday season? You are going to want to make sure that – before you dig into that turkey – your family’s trip to grandma’s is as efficient, safe, and short as possible.

Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips to help you prepare:

  • Be sure that every member of the family has everything they need by creating a separate packing list just for them.
  • Research your route ahead of time before hitting the road. If you rely entire on a GPS system to get you there, you may find yourself delayed or lost if there is traffic, construction, etc.
  • Pack non-perishable, healthy snacks for the road so that you will be less tempted to stop for fast food, which can make you sluggish behind the wheel.
  • If you’re taking to the skies, be sure to pack refillable water bottles that you can get through security and then fill up with fresh water before boarding.
  • Lastly, plan any air travel as far in advance as you can, ensuring that you have plenty of options and can make the right financial decision.

For more family driving tips or to check out our many available, spacious vehicles, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

The History of Labor Day Weekend

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Happy Labor Day from Blackburn Nissan!

What do you associate with Labor Day? No school? Three-day weekend? Barbecues? The end of summer? Pool closings? Technically, all of those are correct, but there’s more to Labor Day weekend than just being able to sleep in.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was created to recognize the efforts and contributions of American workers during the Industrial Revolution, a time when working conditions had few regulations and American workers were often overworked and underpaid from a young age and in unsafe conditions.

The history of Labor Day began when it was celebrated on September 5th in 1882, when 10,000 workers in New York City marched from City Hall to Union Square in the first-ever Labor Day Parade. The idea of the holiday caught on afterward and spread across the country like wildfire. The holiday known as Labor Day was nationally recognized by Congress 12 years later following a major wage strike in Chicago.

Credit for the idea behind Labor Day is given two men–Peter J. McGuire, who co-founded the American Federation of Labor, and a secretary of the Central Labor Union named Matthew McGuire. Either way, the brave workers who fought for their rights during the late 1800s and early 1900s are yours to thank for your relaxing Labor Day weekend.

3 Jackson Museums and Zoos That Celebrate Nature

Summer is the best time of the year to explore the nature that surrounds us. Some of the country’s most beautiful natural surroundings can be found here in Jackson, Mississippi. Discover our natural world in Jackson by visiting the city’s various museums and zoos. Before the summer ends and schools starts up again, be sure to visit these three Jackson museums and zoos that celebrate nature!

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Check out the Jackson Zoo this Summer!

The Jackson Zoo

Jackson is home to a diverse collection of animal life, but to find animals that are a little more exotic, you should take a trip to the Jackson Zoo. This zoo is home to amazing animals from around the world, such as the rare and majestic orangutan!

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

To discover the creatures of the past, the perfect place to go is the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The museum is also home to an exhibit showcasing local wildlife and several outdoor nature trails.

The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum

The people of Mississippi have always relied upon their natural surroundings as a means of jobs and resources. The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum explores the long-rooted connection that the environment and the people of Mississippi have continually shared.

4 Great 4th of July Party Ideas

Are you hosting a party for Independence Day this year? Spice things up with these great 4th of July party ideas that are sure to make this holiday a memorable one.

Independence Day

# 1 – Something Different: A Hot Dog Bar

Instead of spending $200 on steaks and burgers, why not do something different, like a hot dog bar? Set out all of the fixin’s and let your guests make their own. Make sure you’ve got your staples like chili, cheese, relish, mustard and ketchup out. But get creative too! For instance, offer blue cheese crumbles, Sriracha, and pico de gallo,

# 2 – Show Your Spirit: Patriotic Jell-o Shots

Use your preferred Jell-o recipe to create layers of non-alcoholic blue and red-layered Jell-o “shots” by using blue raspberry jell-o and cherry or strawberry Jell-o in small cups. To create the white layer, use cool whip.

# 3 – A Sweet and Salty Treat: Patriotic Popcorn

This awesome snack is sure to be a hit with all of your partygoers. It’s essentially popcorn and pretzel sticks, covered in melted vanilla almond bark and then subsequently mixed with red, white and blue M&Ms. Sound amazing? Find the recipe here.

# 4 – Don’t Forget the Games!

Cornhole is a must at a 4th of July gathering. Make it holiday-appropriate with red, white and blue bean cornhole boards. Painting them doesn’t take much time and you can always re-paint them for the next holiday!

Safety Tips for Driving near Bicycles

bicycleNow that spring is here, many more cyclists will be out and about. As drivers, we have to make room for them and respect their right to share the road. Driving near bicycles can be nerve-wracking, but if we follow these safety tips, we can make the road safer for cyclists.

First of all, you should understand that bicyclists are legally allowed to bike on the road, but they are not allowed to bike on the sidewalk, so don’t complain about them being in the road. If there’s no bike lane, you just have to deal with going slow for a while. It won’t kill you, but you could kill them, so keep that road rage in check.

Be very cautious when turning, especially making left turns. You may not realize how fast a bicycle is coming toward you and end up causing a collision, so it’s best to wait for them to pass. Always signal before changing lanes or turning, too—this is a given, but especially when cyclists are around.

Just be courteous, pay attention, and accept that cyclists aren’t going anywhere—and that isn’t a bad thing.