2018-06-14 / Front Page

Fireworks Extravaganza all set for July 3, downtown


A GIANT FLAG much like this one will be on display right next to the Wilkes County courthouse throughout the festivities during the Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza on July 3. The idea for the firetruck and flag display came at least in part from the Oxford (Alabama) Fire Department which does the same thing at special events there. The truck in Oxford is a very close relative of Washington’s ladder truck, made by Pierce and sporting a 107-foot ladder. A GIANT FLAG much like this one will be on display right next to the Wilkes County courthouse throughout the festivities during the Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza on July 3. The idea for the firetruck and flag display came at least in part from the Oxford (Alabama) Fire Department which does the same thing at special events there. The truck in Oxford is a very close relative of Washington’s ladder truck, made by Pierce and sporting a 107-foot ladder. The annual Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza is set for Tuesday, July 3, on The Square in Washington with special activities set to begin around 5 p.m. and continue through the conclusion of the fireworks show shortly after dark.

A new addition to the celebration will include a giant 15’ x 25’ American flag, donated by Ruffin Flag Company. It will fly high from the new firetruck’s fully-extended extension bucket. The enormous flag will make its debut at a fundraiser cookout at Bi-Lo, coordinated by Manager David Wilder, on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Mo Branson’s handcrafted birdhouse will be a special raffle item at the Extravaganza on July 3. Mo Branson’s handcrafted birdhouse will be a special raffle item at the Extravaganza on July 3. “The firetruck will be situated to the left of the courthouse,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Singleton. “This will add a great new visual for photographs as it will not block the courthouse.”

A birdhouse, handcrafted and donated by Mo Branson, will be raffled off the night of the event. It is now on display at the Chamber of Commerce. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Individuals do not have to be present to win.

Activities on The Square will include a rock wall, spider bungee jump, giant inflatables, a 90-foot zip line, live entertainment, and more. The cow train will also make its return to the celebration this year due to popular demand.

Live entertainment will include the music of Daniel E. Johnson.

Many of the shops and businesses in the downtown area will have extended hours, and restaurants will be serving food and cold drinks. In addition, a food court of select vendors will offer various cuisines and treats.

“We are still in need of donations,” added Singleton. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-678-2013 or visit them at 22-B West Court Street.

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