Music, food and craft vendors will be in ample supply Thursday as downtown Franklin gets set to host Franklin on the Fourth beginning at 10 a.m.
Sponsored by the Franklin Lions Club and the city of Franklin, the daylong event is a buildup of sorts to the fireworks display taking place the night of July Fourth. Festivities also include antique cars, a kids zone and much more.
A highlight of the event will be a children’s patriotic parade that begins at 5 p.m. Registration for the parade will be at the Lions Club’s booth on the square; line-up for the parade begins at 4:45 p.m. There will be prizes for best costume and decorated bikes and wagons.
Take time to rest and cool off, then return to the Park at Harlinsdale Farm around 7 p.m. for evening festivities, which include the night’s fireworks show. Before the sky begins lighting up around 9 p.m., courtesy of the city of Franklin and WAKM-AM radio, there are plenty of activities taking place. Friends of Franklin Parks is hosting the community in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena featuring live music, concessions for purchase and a kids area with old-fashioned kids games and crafts. Rubiks Groove is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.
“Harlinsdale is the best seat in town to watch the city of Franklin’s fireworks show,” Torrey Barnhill, executive director of Friends of Franklin Parks, said in an email.
“There can be up to seven to eight thousand people who come to this area to see the fireworks at Harlinsdale,” she added. “When the Tractor Supply Co. Arena was built three and a half years ago, Friends of Franklin Parks along with the Parks department knew we had a great opportunity to give the community a special experience at Harlisndale leading up to the fireworks.”
Presenting sponsor for the event at Harlinsdale is Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Other sponsors working with Friends of Franklin Parks include Berry Farms; First Tennessee Bank; 906 Studio Architects; Lipman; and Puckett’s. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be brought into city parks — concessions, including alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase at the event. Fireworks and sparklers are illegal within Franklin city limits and are strictly prohibited in city parks.