JACKSON, Tenn. – As July 4 approaches, organizers are gearing up for annual fireworks displays in West Tennessee.
The Firefighters Freedom Festival is one such event held annually by the Madison County Fire Department at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport.
“The doors will open at three o’clock and we will all have our habits. We’ll have free rides for the kids, bands will play throughout the evening, and then we’ll end the evening with a big fireworks display, the largest in the area,” the Madison County Fire Chief said. , Eric Turner.
This coming Monday will mark the ninth year of the event. And every year it attracts thousands of people from all over West Tennessee.
Turner says the goal of the event is to make it a fun family environment, with safety being the biggest concern.
“We have a lot of law enforcement, firefighters on the ground. So you can feel comfortable letting the kids play on the rides and all. You can sit and enjoy the music. We encourage if you wish to bring a picnic you can do so. Bring your own, or there will be food trucks set up,” Turner said.
Turner says the event is completely free, in addition to making a purchase at a food truck.
The evening fireworks will be synchronized with the music and you can listen to the radio in your car.
Another West Tennessee favorite is the Festival of the Lakes at Beech Lake in Lexington.
“Our opening ceremony will start at 5:00 p.m., but our Lexington Fire Department is setting up a slide for the kids to play from two to five. And then we have all kinds of food vendors. We have our grand finale , which is a 30-minute fireworks display,” said Melissa Gilbert, executive director of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.
Performances include Hunt Pearson and, Emily Anne and Church Street, and Groove Band headlining.
There will also be a Miss Festival of the Lakes beauty pageant from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Princess Theater in Lexington. Newly crowned Miss Tennessee Lauren Dickson of Lexington will also make an appearance.
“We are extremely excited. This event attracts approximately 30,000 people to our city. Last year I believe we set a record with almost 4,000 people at the lake listening to music. So it’s really good for our economy, it’s good for our community, and we couldn’t do it without our generous sponsors,” Gilbert said.
Here is a list of other events celebrating the holidays throughout Tennessee:
- Pyrotechnic show of the city of Milan on July 1 at 9 p.m.
- Red, White & Bolivar on July 1 at 9 p.m.
- Reelfoot Lake Fireworks & Entertainment July 2 at 9 p.m.
- Union City Fireworks on July 4 at 9 p.m.
- Fireworks in Saltillo on July 4 at 8:30 p.m.
- Birdsong’s Red, White, & Boom in Camden on July 4 at 9 p.m.
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