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June 24, 2014

Fireworks, festivities on the move

THOMASVILLE — With 10 days until Independence Day, CNS and City of Thomasville staff are gearing up for the annual Fireworks & Festivities celebration, but with a difference this year: The celebration will be held in historic downtown Thomasville.

Festivities will begin on West Jackson Street at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. will be a 20-minute, fast-paced fireworks display.

“We are relocating the Fireworks & Festivities event in order to enhance and improve the celebration we have so proudly brought to our community for 16 years,” said City of Thomasville/CNS Marketing Director Sheryl Sealy. “This move will mark the third venue for the celebration since CNS has sponsored it, the first being the Exchange Club fairgrounds and the second and most recent location being Remington Park.”

According to event coordinator Karen Smith, Main Street & Tourism executive director, relocating the celebration will give the city more opportunity to provide a unique and diverse experience, while simultaneously taking advantage of the momentum created by the proposed arts district and the Victoria Park neighborhood revitalization project.

“We’ve got a lot of great things going on in our downtown and moving our Fireworks & Festivities is a great way to showcase that, as well as provide a fresh twist on a great event,” Smith said.

“Plus the downtown fireworks we set off during this year’s Rose Festival were incredibly well-received by the community,” she added.

To ensure everyone has a great seat for the fireworks show, beginning Friday, a giant, red CNS balloon will fly behind the W.J. Powell Building on West Jackson Street. If you can see this balloon, you should be able to see the fireworks.

MOODY will  provide musical entertainment in the grassy area at the intersection of West Jackson and Stevens streets. A large tent will provide shade for citizens as they enjoy the music.

Leap Frogz will be open and free of charge for children who are accompanied by an adult. There will also be watermelon slices and numerous children’s activities in the lot behind Trinity Anglican Church, all free of charge, courtesy of CNS.

Vendors, including local veterans groups, as well as Bacchus and Hawaii Snow will have food and refreshments available.

For the safety of everyone attending the event, personal fireworks and grills are not allowed. The possession of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited on public property.

For more information, call 229-227-7020.

 

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