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Firecracker Fest at Mill Creek on July 4th


June 30, 2017

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Hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and Mill Creek Park, along with Synovus Bank, Firecracker Fest 2017 will begin on July 4 at 5 p.m. at Mill Creek Park.

The annual festival will last until 10 p.m., and will feature live music, games, inflatables, food and the fireworks display at the end of the night. The event is free and is family-friendly.  The fireworks will be sponsored by Briggs & Stratton.

Other sponsors for the event include Coca-Cola, Kiwanis International, Vaden Nissan of Statesboro, Rotary International, Blanchard Equipment, Brickhouse Live Productions, Statesboro Golf Carts and Chick-fil-A.

Kimberly Sharpe, Community Events supervisor with Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation, said the department is looking forward to the event.

“We are looking forward to a fun evening at Mill Creek Park, where we will have many activities for the whole family,” she said. “We would like to encourage families to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and relax on the fields as we enjoy music and fireworks.”

Sharpe also wanted to remind people to bring a frog and join in on Field 3 for the annual frog jumping contest. Children can also wear their swimsuits and cool off on the water slides.

There will be concessions and parking on site, as well as public restrooms. For more information, call (912) 764-5637.

Kicking off the day of celebration will be the inaugural Brooklet 4th of July parade, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a 1-mile fun run that begins at 8 a.m. The events are hosted by the Seven Four Foundation.

For more information on the parade or fun run, call (770) 301-9385.

Across the area, there will be numerous private celebrations, and it is paramount that local residents take precautions to use fireworks safely. It is legal to purchase and use fireworks in the state of Georgia.

House Bill 100, authored by Rep. Jay Roberts of Ocilla, allows residents to legally purchase fireworks including sparklers, Roman candles and bottle rockets in the state. The law states that fireworks may only be purchased by those 18 years of age and up. If you purchase fireworks in the state of Georgia, however, be prepared to pay an extra 5 percent tax. Senate Bill 360 provided that 55 percent of that tax will go toward trauma care, 40 percent will help train and equip firefighters, and the remaining 5 percent will help local government public safety agencies.

Fireworks can only be lit between 10 a.m. and midnight. For New Year’s and Independence Day, the time is extended until 1 a.m. The law also dictates that fireworks cannot be ignited on roads and highways, or within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home or prison.


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