The Town of Franklin is planning an All-American 4th of July in downtown Franklin from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. “Franklin’s July 4th celebration is a true, small town American experience,” said Mayor Bob Scott. “The Franklin Town Council and town employees are planning a Fourth that is open to everyone – children, residents, visitors, veterans, young, old, and pets – to have the opportunity to take part in the parade and all activities as we celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday.” The activities begin with the annual 4th of July Parade beginning at 10 a.m. “Franklin hosts one of the few parades in the country that visitors can actually participate in,” said Summer Woodard, Town Manager. “If you would like to be part of the parade, be in the lower parking lot of Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. to line up. Entrants can walk, drive or ride and are encouraged to deck out in red, white and blue.” The parade will travel down Main Street and disband at Entegra Bank. The Town of Franklin will also offer free watermelon and popcorn as long as it lasts following the parade. Other fun activities planned for the morning include a new Kid’s Zone that features an inflatable water slide and other attractions. “Be sure your young ones are dressed appropriately to enjoy the water slide,” said Woodard. All inflatables will be located on Iotla Street near the Gazebo on the Square. Following the parade, be sure to take in the Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker Contest. “This contest is open to all little girls and boys ages 3 to 6. It is patriotic in nature with entrants judged on their patriotic attire and one question,” said Woodard. No registration or entry fee is required for this family-friendly contest. The Patriotic Pet Contest will follow, so dress up your pets in red, white and blue for this fun event. “It is going to truly be a great day to celebrate and we hope everyone will come and join in the fun,” said Mayor Scott. If you would like additional information call (828) 524-2516 or visit www.TownofFranklinNC.com. Spectacular Fireworks Display at 4th of July Fireworks in the Park The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is hosting one of the largest annual Independence Day celebrations 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 p.m. with a cornhole tournament, followed at 3 p.m. 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 until 8 p.m. The cornhole tournament registration begins at 1 p.m. 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 the social game 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 p.m. Balls can be purchased at the Chamber tent in front of the baseball field for $5 each or 3 for $10. The number of balls is limited so purchase your golf balls early before they are sold 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 p.m. 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 p.m. What’s the 4th without great food? This year will be no exception. Available for purchase will be 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 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. For more information about upcoming events visit www.VisitFranklinNC.com or contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at (828)524-3161.