Freedom to be celebrated with fireworks

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By Melissa Indelicato

    Independence Day is typically associated with barbeques, parades, picnics and everyone’s favorite—fireworks.

And there will be a slew of opportunities to see some fireworks in Campbell County this weekend.

    Spring’s Dock will kick off the celebration with a fireworks show tomorrow night. The Pyro Shows’ display can be viewed free of charge thanks to “a bunch of sponsors,” according to dock owner Brian Costello.

Flat Hollow Marina will be hosting a Fourth of July bash on Saturday. State Farm Insurance, Linda Kilgore, Anchor Marine, and many more will be sponsoring Pyro Shows’ fireworks performance at the marina called “Lighting up the Lake.”

There’s a $5 cover charge for those who wish to partake in fun on the dock, but viewing from the surrounding area is free. Benny Green, Flat Hollow Marina manager, stressed “No coolers are allowed on the dock” that night.

The Knoxville band Kitty Wampas will be playing dance music throughout the night.

WTNQ-FM will also be on location broadcasting simultaneously from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Only patriotic music will be played over the two -hour period.

The fireworks start at 10 p.m., but Green said to “Come early and enjoy the fun. There’ll be great food and a great time.”

For more information contact the marina at 562-8314.

Woodson’s Mall, St. Mary’s Medical Center, the city of LaFollette and LaFollette Utilities will be sponsoring the Pyro Shows’ fireworks exhibit behind The Movies on Saturday as well. The show starts at 10 p.m. and can easily be viewed from surrounding areas or Woodson’s Mall, where there will also be a live DJ on stage.

Jellico will also hold a two-day festival in downtown to celebrate Independence Day. Food vendors, arts and crafts will be available both days from 10 am till 10 pm. Nearly 20 bands are scheduled to perform from 5 pm till 10 p.m. on Friday and 1 pm till 10 pm on Saturday. A fireworks display right around 10 p.m. will wrap up the entertainment. “Bring your lawn chair and be a part of our 4th of July celebration,” said Jake Bennett, Jellico tourism director.

There are a number of vendor areas still available that can be reserved for $25 by coming by the tourism office. For more information contact Bennett at 784-3275.

“We’d like to remind everyone to drink responsibly and be safe over the weekend. And we hope everyone has a great time whether they’re on the lake or not,” said Green.