Buckhannon’s Fourth of July fireworks slated to light up sky in conjunction with Festival Fridays July 1

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display can be enjoyed July 1 in conjunction with Festival Fridays at Jawbone Park.

Amanda Hayes, a member of the Buckhannon Fourth of July Committee, attended the June 23 Consolidated Public Works Board meeting to receive permission to close a few streets in anticipation of the event.

“It’s almost time for the Fourth of July celebration, which is going to be on July 1 this year and for the last several years, we’ve partnered with Festival Fridays, which has worked out very well,” Hayes said. “A lot of people ask why we don’t do fireworks on the Fourth and it just makes sense to have it on Friday night; there’s already an established event, there’s entertainment and we can add a few things at minimal cost and have a really nice time.”

Hayes said the fireworks are currently scheduled to commence around 9:45 p.m. or whenever it gets dark.

In a previous My Buckhannon story, city recorder Randy Sanders recommended a few spots from which to view the fireworks.

“In the past, the best areas to see them are around the Walgreens and Community Bank parking areas, and you can go back toward the courthouse and Jawbone Park – those are the better parts of the town to see the fireworks,” Sanders said.

Amanda Hayes addresses the Consolidated Public Works Board at its June 23 meeting. / Photo by Monica Zalaznik

Hayes asked for part of South Florida Street, the street in front of the Public Safety Complex, to be closed during the event.

“I’m asking for the street to be shut down between Jawbone [Park] and the Public Safety Complex, so South Florida Street from Main Street to Madison Street during that time of roughly 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.,” Hayes said. “There will be events at Jawbone and at the Public Safety Complex, there will be a rock-climbing wall.”

The Consolidated Public Works Board agenda also listed the event as including a performance by the Stockert Youth & Community Center drill team and Elite Twirlers, cartoon inflatables and a bounce house. The band that will be featured during the July 1 Festival Fridays is Stonestreet, playing variety and top 40 hits. More information about Festival Fridays can be found on their Facebook page.

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