Bring out the red, white and blue for Friday, July 4, as the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Main Street Program celebrate Independence Day in Historic Downtown Franklin. Activities get under way at 9:30am.
“We invite everyone to come to downtown Franklin for this fun, small town event,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program executive director. “The celebration will feature a parade, pet parade and contest, free watermelon and children’s games.”
This is your opportunity to walk, drive or participate in another way, in Franklin’s 4th of July Parade. According to Schlott, “Visitors and locals alike are invited to be part of the parade. Just meet in the lower parking lot of Franklin Town Hall at 9:30 a.m.” No sign-up is required.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will run from Town Hall to Macon Bank along Main Street.
After the parade, The Most Patriotic Pet winner will be announced in the Gazebo at 10:30 p.m.
Franklin’s 4th of July Celebration is sponsored by the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Main Street Program. For more information call the Franklin Main Street Program at (828)524-2516, ext.
Later that day, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce has plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina. The 4th of July Fireworks and Fun Day will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Friday, 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. “Our plans are complete and the crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family. While the day will not begin until 3 p.m. there will still be lots to do including live entertainment, bungee jumping, a cornhole tournament and the famous Plunger Toss. Biltmore Baptist Church will again host a free kid’s inflatable area. In addition to the inflatables, Biltmore Baptist Church is one of the sponsors of this year’s fireworks display.” Campus Pastor Patrick Trawick invites you to visit BBC’s booth in the kid’s area and register for door prizes to be given away from the stage before the fireworks display.
The cornhole tournament will begin at 3 p.m. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the baseball field and end at 2:30 p.m. Cornhole registration is $25 per team with a total cash purse increased this year to $650. Registration forms are also available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce located at 425 Porter Street. The Cornhole Tournament will be played on the baseball field in the middle of the recreation park just below the pool.
The Plunger Toss has become one of the most entertaining and anticipated contests at the 4th of July festivities. Kids and adults alike try tossing small plungers into a toilet bowl. Land a plunger and move on to the next round. Winners are declared in two age groups, Adults are 13 years and over and the Children’s group is 12 years and under.” Prize money will be given to the winner of each age group. The plunger toss will take place at 7 p.m. on the baseball field.
The Bulls Eye Ball Drop will take place around 9:15 p.m. Balls are $5 each or 3 for $10 with the closest ball to the center of the bulls eye winning $500. Balls can be purchased at the chamber tent in front of the baseball field.
Entertainment lined up for the evening includes Miss Kitty and the Big City Band playing from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Presentation of Colors will take place at 9:15 p.m. followed by a salute to all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The National Anthem will lead into the largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina beginning around 9:30 p.m.
What’s the 4th without great food? This year will be no exception. Folks will find plenty of tasty treats like hamburgers, barbecue, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle korn, ice cream and fresh lemonade.
A bus shuttle will run continuously from Franklin High School’s parking lot to the recreation park beginning at 5 p.m., and 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.