The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to deliver a safe holiday surprise to the community after enduring a grueling year of Covid 19 pandemic stress.
The two partners have announced that they will provide a holiday fireworks display at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 18 in downtown Sylva, N.C., which will create unique seasonal ambiance on the final weekend of holiday shopping before Christmas.
The fireworks display will be visible from all over the downtown Sylva corridor, including Mill and Main Streets, as well as from the Bridge Park, the historic Jackson County Courthouse, and limited other surrounding areas. The display will be shot from the same spot as the traditional July 4 fireworks have been held the last six years, directly above the Coffee Shop/Speedy’s Pizza, in Sunrise Park.
“This will be an approximately 10-minute Christmas-themed display,” said Jackson County Parks and Recreation Director Rusty Ellis. “It will not be the same length or velocity as the July 4th show, but hopefully it will lift some spirits and provide a safe family night out for our community.”
There will not be a formal organized gathering spot for the event. Everyone is encouraged and expected to enjoy the fireworks on their own while observing Covid safe practices like wearing a mask, social distancing and sanitizing hands.
“All of our event-producing organizations have had to cancel so many of our county’s beloved events in 2020,” said Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Donaldson. “This is something we can do, and we want to do, with hopes of providing some joy and holiday spirit as we close the book on 2020 and enter a new and promising year in 2021.”
Shops and restaurants in downtown Sylva will be open for business. The Main Street Sylva Association is providing holiday music in downtown from 5-7 p.m., prior to the fireworks. All four of Sylva’s breweries are offering special holiday beers. Downtown Sylva, the historic courthouse lawn, and Bridge Park are all decorated for Christmas. Merchants have participated in a special window decoration competition as well.
“Downtown is alive and festive and I’m sure our merchants, breweries and restaurants would love to close out the holiday shopping season with a robust, yet Covid-safe turnout for the final weekend of Christmas shopping,” said Donaldson.
For more information, please contact the chamber at 828-586-2155 or visit www.mountainlovers.com.