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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

Thanksgiving
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

Labor Day
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.

Nissan Donates $500,000 to MS History and Civil Rights Museum

studentsNissan has generously contributed to the beloved MS History and Civil Rights Museum to help support new construction and future exhibits. In fact, Nissan donated a total of $500,000 to the museum.

Nissan has special ties with Mississippi as it was the first automaker to bring a plant here which now employs over 6,000 people. The brand’s dedication to providing for our state and country has truly been remarkable, and even more so now with the generous donation to the museum.

Jeffrey Webster, director of Diversity and Inclusion for Nissan North America said, “This project seeks to tell the full story of Mississippi’s past while also magnifying hopes for the future. This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to diversity, education and service in our community.”

We at Blackburn Nissan are happy to see Nissan contributing to places in our home state and appreciate their overall commitment to improving the local communities.

List of Great Holiday Events in Vicksburg

Holiday Events in VicksburgThe holidays are a magical time, not only because Santa is coming to town, but also because it allows everyone to spend more time with their families. To make sure you have the best holiday season possible, Vicksburg has plenty of great events to offer. Make sure you check out this list of holiday events in Vicksburg and enjoy the holidays in the best way possible!

Outlets at Vicksburg Moonlight Madness
Where: The Outlets at Vicksburg
When: November 27 at 11:00 PM
Activities: Black Friday shopping with deals galore! You can even win great prizes, including a shopping spree.

Downtown Vicksburg Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House
Where: Downtown Vicksburg
When: November 30 at 1:30PM to 5:00PM
Activities: Experience Christmas in Downtown Vicksburg while exploring shops! Santa will also make an appearance, making it a magical holiday adventure.

Breakfast with Santa
Where: Southern HeritageAirFoundationMuseum Hangar at Vicksburg-TallulahRegionalAirport
When: December 6 at 8:00AM
Activities: Eat a delicious pancake breakfast, take a photo with Santa, and enjoy tons of Christmas activities!

“Holly Days” Arts & Crafts Show
Where:1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg39180
When: December 6 at 9:00AM
Activities: Peruse a variety of vendors as they sell their handmade wares. 

Downtown Vicksburg Christmas Parade of Lights
Where: Downtown Vicksburg
When: December 6 at 5:00PM
Activities: Watch the annual parade walk along historic Washington Street!

Wrap Up the Holidays Sale
Where: The Outlets at Vicksburg
When: December 22 to December 24
Activities: Shop for the last few gifts you need at affordable prices!

Do you have any holiday events in Vicksburg you would like to tell Blackburn Nissan about? Share them with us below!

2015 Nissan Murano Production Begins in Canton

2015 Nissan Murano Production
2015 Nissan Murano

Back in July 2013, Nissan announced that its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant would support production of the Murano, bringing 800 new jobs to the area. Then in May of this year, the automaker announced an additional 500 jobs, bringing employment at the plant to more than 6,000. Now, as 2015 Nissan Murano production commences, Governor Phil Bryant and officials from Nissan gathered on site to celebrate.

The production of the 2015 Murano not only marks the first time the Murano has ever been built in the U.S., but also makes the plant the global hub for Murano production, shifting its focus from a domestic manufacturing plant to a global manufacturing one.

“Today’s debut of the first Murano manufactured in the U.S. once again puts Mississippi on the global stage and helps us further demonstrate to the world that we have a business environment that spurs success and a quality workforce that takes pride in a job well done. I thank Nissan for adding the Murano to the Canton plant’s production line-up, and I wish the company many more successful years in our state.” Governor Bryant said in a news release.

Mississippi has gained tremendously in this move, creating not only thousands of sustainable, well-paying jobs, but also creating the opportunity to export to over 100 markets worldwide.

Here at Blackburn Nissan, we are thrilled to welcome the Murano to our home state!