Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July as the Franklin Chamber of Commerce finalizes plans for one of the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina. The 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Wednesday, July 4. Activities will begin in the park at 2 p.m. and conclude at dark with one of the largest fireworks shows in the area.
“We always work hard to make this a very special day for those who attend” said Cindy Cavender, with the Franklin Chamber. “Our plans are complete and the crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family. The day will begin at 2 pm with a cornhole tournament, followed at 3 pm with DJ entertainment, a kids fun land and Bulls Eye Ball Drop.
Franklin Covenant Church will host a free kid’s inflatable area that will be open from 3 pm until 8 pm.
The Cornhole tournament will begin at 2:00 PM. Registration will begin at 1:00 PM at the chamber tent in front of the baseball field. New this year, there will be two contests, social and competitive playing at the same time. Cornhole registration for the competitive contest is $30 per team and social is $20 per team. Payouts are based on participation.
Don’t forget the Bulls Eye Ball Drop, sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Numbered golf balls will be dropped from the top of the ladder firetruck high in the sky. The closest ball to the center of the bulls eye on the baseball field will win $500. The balls will be dropped around 9:15 pm. Balls can be purchased at the Chamber tent in front of the baseball field for $5 each or 3 for $10. Be sure to purchase your golf balls early before we sell out.
T & J Entertainment will be on hand to provide great music and fun all day. The Presentation of Colors will take place at 9:15 pm followed by a salute to all Branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The National Anthem will be presented by Eric Haggart and will lead into the largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina beginning around 9:30 pm.
What’s the 4th without great food? This year will be no exception. You will find plenty of tasty treats like hamburgers, BBQ, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle korn, ice cream and fresh lemonade. There’s sure to be something for everyone.
Two buses will shuttle continuously from Franklin High School’s parking lot to the Recreation Park beginning at 5 pm. There will be four buses running after the fireworks to help get folks back to their cars as quickly as possible. Since no parking is allowed along Wide Horizon Drive everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle.
For more information about upcoming events visit www.VisitFranklinNC.com or contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 828-524-3161.
We thank our additional gold sponsors – Macon County Recreation Park, The Town of Franklin and the Franklin Tourism Development Commission along with everyone who donated to help make this celebration successful!
Don’t forget Franklin’s Fourth of July festivities beginning at 10 on Main Street in downtown Franklin. While downtown, be sure to stop in and shop with our Main Street Merchants.
We hope to celebrate the 4th of July with you!