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Fans are praising Will Smith for his help saving the day on Independence Day…and no we aren’t talking about fighting aliens in the hit 1996 movie.
The actor paid for this year’s fireworks show in the City of New Orleans after learning they didn’t plan a 2021 show. Smith reportedly dropped roughly $100,000 for the pyrotechnics which lit up the sky over the Mississippi river.
Smith is in New Orleans working on his latest film “Emancipation,” which will tell the story of a slave, Peter, who escaped a Louisiana plantation and whose photo of scars on his back from being whipped exposed the brutality of slavery. He would also fight for the Union in the Civil War.
A fireworks display produced by "Go 4th on the River" will take place in New Orleans along the Mississippi Riverfront at 9pm Sunday, July 4, 2021🎆🎉
The gift of city fireworks was made possible by actor and producer Will Smith, along with his company Westbrook👏⚜️ pic.twitter.com/oWI8b8YOap
— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) July 2, 2021