When it comes to showing patriotism, area citizens know how to paint the town red, white and blue — all over.
The following is a listing of fireworks shows and events starting Saturday and continuing through next week to help celebrate America’s 243rd Independence Day.
Whether you choose to celebrate our freedom by boating and relaxing on Tims Ford Lake or meeting up with family and friends at picnics or fireworks shows, this holiday always provides a plethora of excitement that won’t go unnoticed.
During all the hullabaloo and celebration, Animal Harbor staff wants to remind everyone that not all creatures understand the noise and spectacle of fireworks and therefore this may be a distressing time for many of our four-legged friends.
If your pet shows distress at the noise and lights, please provide a quiet place inside so they can feel safe. Studies show more pets run away and get lost during the first week of July than at any other time of year.
Fireworks show over the lake
A free fireworks show over Tims Ford Lake will be held at Winchester City Park Saturday starting at dark. The show is sponsored by Twin Creeks Properties and Marina.
This popular extravaganza has always been huge, so get there early to find a parking space. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and have a blast.
Cowan’s Fourth of July
Everyone is invited to Cowan’s Independence Day celebration Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting with a street dance on Tennessee Avenue in downtown Cowan.
Enjoy some great music, street dancing, delicious barbecue, hot dogs, snow cones and a big fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Tullahoma's Independence Day
Everyone is invited to Tullahoma’s Independence Day celebration Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. at Frazier McEwen Park and Tullahoma High School’s baseball stadium.
There will be plenty to keep the family busy and happy including vendors, yummy food, a kids’ zone and more. The band Vinyl Radio will perform from 5-7 p.m. followed by Sixwire at 7 p.m.
Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Shuttle parking will be available downtown and in Cherokee Plaza.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Huntland’s Fourth of July
Huntland will host its annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Huntland.
This super-charged, patriotic parade is sure to arouse your patriotism and admiration for small-town USA.
Sewanee’s Fourth of July
Everyone is invited to Sewanee’s “Peace, Love and Fireworks” Fourth of July celebration featuring a full day of fun.
The merriment starts Wednesday with a street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at Sewanee Market featuring the band Bad Nayber.
The fun on July 4 starts with sunrise yoga from 6:15-7:30 a.m. followed by the Monteagle Assembly pub run.
The flag raising will begin the day on University Avenue at 8 a.m. with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival’s brass band playing some patriotic numbers.
Visitors will find all sorts of things to do including an arts and crafts fair, food, games, a mutt show, music, air show (weather permitting), cake-decorating contests and more.
A big parade kicks off at 2 p.m. starting at the Sewanee Market with an extensive display of floats, decorated cars, marching bands and performers, tractors and horses all strutting up University Avenue.
Fireworks begin at dark at Lake Cheston with a suggested donation of $1. See the full schedule of events and a map of Sewanee at www.sewanee4thofjuly.org.
American Hero Celebration
Pack the Park Car Club invites everyone to their American Hero Celebration July 5 from 5-9 p.m. at John L. Sanders Park, 117 College St. in Decherd.
The event is focused on America’s service men and women who have served our country. Admission is free. Donations will be appreciated to go to local disabled veterans. Five trophies will be awarded for top people’s choice in the Cruise In.
Door prizes will be given away. Enjoy patriotic music, a dance contest, hula hoop contest, 50/50 raffle, grill raffle, oldies music, vendors, food, baked goods, homemade and direct sales.
Representatives will be in attendance from the Franklin County Veterans, American Legion and Contact Life Line. Children will say the Pledge and sing the National Anthem. Info., 931-308-3802.