September 25, 2021

City of Franklin Poised for Unconventional Labor Day Fireworks

Labor Day will experience  a very different feel in Franklin, GA this weekend thanks to the cancellation of the annual fireworks show during the Chattahoochee Independence Day Festival this past 4th of July.

Most of the activities of that day did go on as planned despite some very heavy storms that passed through just as the festival was about to kick off on the town square.

The entire celebration seemed in complete jeopardy as storms pounded down on vendors and event officials around 3:00 that afternoon.

Thankful were those same vendors that the skies cleared just in time for the opening and many of the activities and performances went on as planned.

Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate for the entire evening, and the event was postponed just moments into the patriotic show that was to precede one of the most respected Independence Day pyrotechnic displays in the West Georgia area.

Local officials were forced to make a difficult decision when the skies darkened and the local doppler radar lit up like a Christmas tree so the remainder of the night’s festivities were cancelled shortly after 8:00 p.m.

Local Rock Cover Band Severance Will Headline Tonight's Entertainment

Many of those in attendance grumbled later as no rain or storms ever actually arrived in Franklin that night, but clearly the decision was made in the best interest of public safety and taking a chance with thousands of lives with no nearby shelter for them to escape to was just not an option.

After some consideration by local officials had been given to redoing the show during the weekend of  September 11 to coincide with the unveiling of the new Public Safety Monument at The Heard County Public Safety Complex, eventually plans were changed and the decision was made to hold “Chattahoochee Labor Day 2011” this weekend instead.

The celebration will be dialed down a notch because of the fact that less entertainment will be on display, but a very large crowd is expected anyway for the very popular fireworks display not to mention the great food and crafts that will be available from the vendors on site many of whom are returning for the second time. Returning vendors were not asked to pay a fee for this go around.

The most interesting dynamic to this unusual event will be in regards to attendance, given the big annual Powers Festival that will of course be taking place nearby this could equate to spill over traffic and more attendance for the show than usual.

Conversely, attendance may suffer due to competition from college football’s first big Saturday of action as well as the fact that many families had already made vacation plans for the three day holiday weekend.

While pre-fireworks festivities will be smaller than usual it should be interesting to see local upstart band Severance take the main stage on the square following the fireworks.

The group founded by local vocalist Kevin Welch and drummer Joshua Parrott, also includes Adam Cannon on bass guitar, Corey Hendricks on lead guitar, and newest band member and third guitarist Edward Harilson.

It should be very interesting to hear the covers of legendary rock bands Pink Floyd, Metallica, and Pearl Jam in a small town square typically reserved for country music.

Could it be a sign of the times that “square dancing” may be replaced by a mosh pit here in small town, U.S.A. ? We shall certainly see tonight.

It will be interesting to see how many of the festival attendees will stick around for the band and street dance afterward as opposed to how many will head straight home in hopes of catching the latter part of the big Georgia Bulldog game versus the Boise St. Broncos in prime time.

It should be noted that no pets will be allowed on the square for this event. Tune in right here tomorrow for a complete update on all of tonight’s festivities as well as many photos. Happy Labor Day everyone from The Heard Citizen !!!  🙂

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