By Jessie Williams
If you haven’t decided how you and your family will celebrate our nation’s birthday this year, several events have been scheduled in, and around, Macon County including a Pre-Fourth of July Celebration at The White House Assisted Living in Lafayette, an Independence Day Parade in Hartsville, and a Fourth of July celebration & BBQ in Hermitage Springs.
- Lafayette: Everyone is invited to a Pre-4th of July Celebration on Friday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at The White House Assisted Living. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music presented by Keith and Paul Ballou & Friends. Serving an All-American meal of hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies & drinks. Fireworks at dusk. This event is free to attend but a $1 donation will be charged per plate to go towards the Annie Butler Scholarship fund.
- Hartsville: Hartsville Independence Day Parade & Bicentennial Celebration – Tuesday, July 4th at 4 p.m. Participants need to arrive at 3 p.m. for the line up. The parade will go down Main Street to the park. After the parade, there will be food, fun and live entertainment in the park including a cakewalk (5:30 p.m.), inflatables, a dunk tank, a watermelon eating contest, a little red wagon contest, and kids games. Dustin Spears will headline the musical entertainment at 7 p.m. Fireworks will kick off around 8 p.m. An awards ceremony will be head after the parade. Floats of all shapes and colors/all types of entries are welcome! Come as you are to help us celebrate a great day in America!! If you have any questions, please call your parade director, Amber Russell at 615-808-1054.
- Hermitage Springs: Hermitage Springs Volunteer Fire Department BBQ & Fireworks - Saturday, July 1 at the Hermitage Springs Park (Hwy 52). BBQ begins at 10:30 a.m. Fireworks begin at dark. New this year, the event will include a car, truck, tractor & motorcycle show. Folks can register their vehicles for the show between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and the first 40 to register will receive dash plaques. The cost to register is $15, and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will be awarded. Live music will begin later in the evening (around 6 p.m.) featuring Super Novacaine. This event is free to attend, however donations to the Hermitage Springs Fire Department are appreciated. See ya there!
- Carthage: 6th Annual Smith County 4th of July Festival & Fireworks Display - Tuesday, July 4, at the Ag Center (159 Ag Center Lane, Carthage TN). Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Live music provided by The Collins Family, Revival & (Glory 2 God). Also includes food, family fun and a raffle. Parking is $5. The event will be emceed by Jim West from 104.1 The Ranch and is presented by Emmanuel House.
The number one concern about the Fourth of July holiday is safety. To ensure the safety of you and your loved ones this holiday, the Lafayette Fire Department encourages everyone to adhere to the following fireworks safety tips:
- Sparklers, considered by many as “safe,” burn at very high temperatures, can easily ignite clothing and stay hot long after burning out. They are as dangerous as matches or lighters to children. Be sure to collect all burned out sparkler wires for disposal.
- Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close supervision. Never allow any running or horseplay.
- Use lighters with a child resistant feature. Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Light fireworks outdoors, one at a time, on a clear, smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves or grass, or flammable materials.
- Keep water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on misfired or spent fireworks.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
- Be sure other people and pets are out of range.
- Never experiment with fireworks or ignite them in a glass or metal container. Do not attempt to make your own.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas. Store them in a dry, cool place out of reach of children.
- Dispose of all fireworks properly.