Veterans Memorial Park – Franklin, NC
The celebration of our country’s independence is less than a day away. AAA is estimating record numbers of travelers will be on the roads, some of you may well already be on your way now! As the holiday weekend comes and passes, please take a moment to remember the brave soldiers of our Armed Forces. Those who sacrificed so much for this country to be what we are today. Those who made it home, and those who didn’t, we’re grateful to you and to your families, for all of the men and women who protect the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Thank you and God bless you.
We would also like to to also return home safe! So please, no matter what fun and exciting plans you have, always keep the safety of yourself and others at the forefront of your activities.
Here’s a quick rundown of this weekends plans for Franklin’s Fourth of July weekend:
Friday, July 3rd – 7:30 pm
At the Gazebo in downtown Franklin, there will be a Free Concert:
An Evening of Red, White & Blues featuring Blues legend Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues. Bring your lawn chair.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the FHS Fine Arts Center. There will also be a patriotic 3D projection on the clock tower after the concert or at dark.
Saturday, July 4th – Franklin’s All American 4th of July
At 10:00 am in historic downtown Franklin, there will be the annual Fourth of July parade. Anyone is welcome to participate, there is no registration required. Lineup begins at 9:30 am in the lower level parking lot of Town Hall. The parade will disband at Macon Bank.
11:00 am – Patriotic Pet Contest in the Gazebo
Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners – there is no registration fee
12:00 noon – Free, ice cold watermelon while supplies last in the Gazebo!
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Two roving street performers. The performers consist of a balloon artist and a super hero.
There will also be other activities will be going on with many of the Main Street Merchants, so be sure to take a stroll down Main Street and check out what’s happening!
Then, the focus of Franklin’s All American 4th of July shifts over to the Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Recreation Park where there is a full afternoon and evening of fun, food and fantastic music lined up bringing you right up to the main event, the celebration of the Independence of the United States of America with the largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina at dark. Here is a schedule of the events at the park:
Free Shuttle Buses from Franklin High School beginning at 5pm
Free Funland for Kids sponsored by Biltmore Baptist Church
9:00 am Horseshoe Tournament – Registration 8:30 am
3:00 pm Cornhole Tournament – Registration 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Sponsored by ServPro
3:00 pm Blind Golf Cart Obstacle Race
7:00 pm Plunger Toss with $50 payout
9:15 pm Bulls Eye Ball Drop with $500 prize
Sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet
Purchase balls at the Chamber Tent 1/$5 or 3/$10
7:00 – 9:00 pm Sundown Band
9:20 pm Presentation of Colors, A Salute to all Branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Presentation of the National Anthem
9:30 pm Fireworks Display (ground and air)
Donations will be accepted at all gates