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Fireworks, parade, market planned for Fourth of July

Downtown Blountstown will be brimming with activity on the Fourth of July! The Blountstown Rotary Club and Ramsey Piggly Wiggly are partnering with RiverTown Community Church (RCC) to produce an amazing fireworks show. “We are going with a different company than last year,” explains Kevin Yoder of RCC. “This year’s show will be better, with more of the show visible in town. We are using the same company that we used at the park when we used to do it there.” The Blountstown Middle School campus (formerly BHS) will be the launch site and the entire campus will be closed. However, downtown will be a perfect spot to see the show. And that’s where all the other fun comes into play. Blountstown Main Street will be sponsoring a parade at 6 p.m., followed by Moonlight Market. Floats, marching units, decorated cars, trucks, golf carts and emergency vehicles are invited to enter this patriotic parade. Special tribute will be paid to veterans and local emergency workers. If you have served in the armed forces, work as a law enforcement officer, emergency medical worker or firefighter, please come join the parade! Lineup will be at 5:15 p.m. at BMS (formerly BHS) and will run the traditional route up SR 71, turning at the SR 20 redlight, then winding down at the Calhoun County Courthouse (all pending City of Blountstown and DOT permit approval). Immediately after the parade, head over to North Pear Street downtown where the road will be closed off all the way to the train park for a huge street festival known as Moonlight Market. Artists, crafters, food, and merchant vendors are invited to enter a FREE booth at this event. Farmers, bring your fresh produce to sell! To reserve your free booth space or enter the parade, call Kelli at 447-2765. Bring your lawn chair, then settle in at Magnolia Square, along the sidewalks or the greenspace next to Centennial Bank for the fireworks show after dark.

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