Columbia County’s annual Fourth of July Celebration will light up the skies around Evans Towne Center Park Friday.
The 20th annual celebration was moved from Patriots Park in Appling to the park in Evans for the ease of the thousands expected to attend, said county Community Events Manager Stacie Adkins.
“(The park) is designed more for community gatherings and festivals,” Adkins said. “It’s going to flow better.”
The free family festival to celebrate the Fourth will begin at 2 p.m. with water slides, carnival rides, games and refreshments. Live music on two stages will begin at 3 p.m. and will include Hack Bartley and Shuffle featuring an original member of the Swinging Medallions, Abilene Baptist Church, Jerusalem Sounds brass Band, Livingroom Legends and the Fort Gordon Army Signal Corps Band.
“We’re excited,” Adkins said of the event and the move from the athletic fields of Patriots Park. “The other thing we like it that everything will be set up in one location.”
A stage and power are not troublesome at the park.
The $320,000 expansion of the playground at the park will open Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
“So it will be open for the Fourth celebration,” Adkins said.
Guests can take tethered hot air balloon rides, weather-permitting, beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults.
The county’s largest fireworks display will begin at dark, between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m. The 25-minute display is orchestrated along with patriotic music that can be heard live or by tuning into 1340 AM.
Adkins said the new location will ease traffic allowing guests several avenues to leave after the show.
Admission is free as is the water slides and games. The rock wall, carnival rides and hot air balloon rides require a fee.
For more information, call (706) 650-5005 or visit www.evanstownecenterpark.com.