The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for 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 Monday, July 4. Activities will begin in the park at 3 p.m. and conclude at dark with the largest fireworks display in the area.
“We always work hard to make this a very special day for those who attend,” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator for the Chamber. “The crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family. While the day will not begin until 3 pm there will still be lots to do including the live entertainment, kid’s inflatable area, a horseshoe tournament, a cornhole tournament along with the famous Plunger Toss.”
The horseshoe tournament registration will begin at 9:30 with the tournament at 10 a.m. Registration fee is $25 per team with a $350 total cash purse. The cornhole tournament will begin at 3 p.m. with registration all day at the chamber booth. Cornhole registration is $25 per team with a total cash purse of $300. Registration forms are also available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.
Additional activities to look forward to are the Fun Land inflatable play area for kids, Euro-bungee, and the famous “Plunger Toss.”
Great entertainment is lined up for the day starting with Karaoke from 3 to 5 p.m. From 5 until 8:45 local favorites will entertain including Eric Haggart, Luke and Rhonda Bateman, Kiersten Hedden and more. The Presentation of Colors will take place at 9:20 along with the National Anthem. The largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina will begin around 9:30 p.m.
What’s the 4th without great food? This year will be no exception. The Franklin Lions Club’s Annual BBQ Fundraiser will be held on July 4 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center “Fairgrounds” just south of Franklin on U.S. 441 from 12 noon until 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the Lions’ Annual BBQ fund their scholarship program. Each year a deserving Franklin High School graduate is selected to receive the scholarship.
Tickets are $10 each and may be obtained from any member of the Franklin Lions Club or contact Lion Dave Jones at (828)421-0859.
Other tasty treats will be available like hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle korn, watermelon, ice cream and snowcones on the rec park grounds. There’s sure to be something for everyone.
A bus shuttle will run continuously from Franklin High School’s Parking Lot to the Recreation Park beginning at 3 p.m. Four buses will be 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.
Franklin’s Main Street Fourth of July festivities will begin with children’s games at 9:30 a.m. with a Parade on Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. downtown. The public is invited to dress up to show your patriotism, decorate a bike or dress up a pet and meet behind town hall at 9:30 a.m. to parade down Main Street. At 10:30, Pet Parade awards will be given. A “Very Berry Pie” contest will commence at 11 a.m. at the gazebo with entry fee donated to benefit the Veterans Memorial. At 1 a.m., will be a watermelon seed spitting contest. Lemonade, free watermelon, face painting, balloons and live music are all part of the holiday entertainment. The downtown events are sponsored by the Franklin Main Street Program and the Franklin Tourism Development.
For a complete schedule of 4th of July events in Franklin, click here.