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Fireworks over Franklin – Friday, July 5

The Town of Franklin has had to make the decision to move the Fireworks Over Franklin to Friday, July 5th due to a change in pyrotechnic vendor.  “Having worked with the same vendor for multiple years prior allowed us to have the best chance of scheduling for July 4th; however, when trying to develop a relationship with a new vendor, we are behind other established clients,” said Town Manager Amie Owens.  The Town has requested permission from the Board of County Commissioners to have the fireworks display on July 5th.

Jeff Hale of Hale Artificiers, the vendor that the Town previously used, has retired and as he explained, “Like myself, a number of my older operators are simply just aging out, and try as we might, we are facing a real shortage of qualified, licensed personnel to fill the need for the busy July season. In some cases, it can take nearly a year to get new operators through the training, federal clearances, and the licensing process.”

The plan is that the Town will still host the traditional July 4th activities downtown on the 4th including the parade, Little Mr. and Mrs. Firecracker and Patriotic Pet contests, food trucks, free water and free watermelon.  On July 5, we will have food trucks and live music before the fireworks and Main Street will be closing at 8:00 p.m. to allow for seating on and premium viewing from town hill.   The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. and will be shot from the Whitmire Property.

“We know that some will be disappointed that the fireworks are on a different day, and truthfully, we are too; however, the Town is working with the new vendor to ensure that in the future, July 4th displays are possible and hope that everyone will be supportive and come to the festivities on both days this year,” said Owens.

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