Independence Day Parade & Celebration!

Independence Day Parade & Celebration
Thursday, July 4th • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Downtown Franklin, NC

The Town of Franklin, North Carolina invites you to join with us for our Independence Day Parade & Celebration on Thursday, July 4th beginning at 11:00 a.m. We'll be posting updates throughout the coming months.

Franklin hosts one of the few July 4th parades that visitors and locals alike can actually participate in!

If you would like to be part of the parade, be in the lower parking lot of Town Hall at 10:30am for lineup. Entrants can walk, drive or ride and are encouraged to don red, white, and blue. The same applies for pets. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE! Just come join in the fun!

The Parade will travel down Main Street and disband at First Citizens Bank.

Following the parade, the Town of Franklin we will be serving free cold watermelon as long as it lasts!

It is a great day of family fun! Continue reading below for this year's schedule and additional details.

2024 Town of Franklin 4th of July Schedule

Thursday, July 4th

10:30 am - Patriotic Parade Lineup (Lower Level Parking Lot of Town Hall)
11:25 am - FREE Watermelon and Bottled Water as long as it lasts!
11:30 am - Contests including Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker and the Patriotic Pet Contest
11:00 am to 3:00 pm - FREE Inflatables and fun for Kids
12:00 pm - Water Feature by Franklin Fire & Rescue

Friday, July 5th

The Town of Franklin will be posting details soon of our Friday, July 5th Fireworks Display. The event will include live music and more. Check back for updates.

9:45 pm - Fireworks Over Franklin - Park & Watch - Highlands Road

Many of our Downtown Merchants & Restaurants will be open so be sure to check out the many unique shopping opportunities and eateries in downtown Franklin.

It's a great day and evening of family fun as we celebrate our Nation's 248th Birthday in Franklin, North Carolina!


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11:00 a.m. • Patriotic Parade

You can be part of Franklin's Annual Patriotic Parade at 11:00 a.m. While you go most places to see a parade, we actually invite you to participate! Deck out in red, white and blue and walk or drive down Main Street. NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To join in, just be in the lower level of Franklin Town Hall for lineup beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm • Inflatables & Fun!

Your young ones can enjoy FREE inflatables and fun during Franklin's 4th of July Celebration. They will be located on the square in downtown Franklin.

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Free Watermelon as long as it lasts!

Following Franklin's Independence Day Parade, you can enjoy free silces of cold watermelon as long as it lasts! This is annual tradition during our 4th of July festivities, so come and enjoy!

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11:30 AM • Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker Contest

Be at the Gazebo on the Square in Downtown Franklin for the Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker Contest at 11:30am. This contest is open to ages 3 to 6 and is judged on patriotic costume and one question. No registration is required. Just come to the gazebo stage area to enter.

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11:45 AM • Patriotic Pet Contest

Following the Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker Contest (at approximately 11:45 am) is the Town of Franklin's Annual Patriotic Pet Contest! Entries are judged on their patriotic attire and trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. No registration is required. Again, just be at the gazebo stage area to enter your pet.

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Live Radio Broadcast at 8:30 pm

Tune your radio dials to 104.9FM WFSC Radio for a special live broadcast prior to and during Fireworks Over Franklin.

Beginning at 8:30 pm, WFSC Radio will air event information for the fireworks display. Following the broadcast, they will air a Patriotic Soundtrack for this year's fireworks.

Remember test fireworks will be fired at 9:00 pm and at 9:15 pm to help you determine your viewing location. A final 5 minute warning shell will be fired at 9:25 pm.

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Fireworks Over Franklin returns in 2024. We're working on complete details of the show for 2024 and will be posting information in the coming weeks.

Please Note: No admittance to the fireworks grounds. This is a park & watch show only. Any unauthorized vehicles in the safety zone will be towed.


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A perimeter around the fireworks display site will be secured throughout the day and evening.

No admittance by any unauthorized personnel on grounds of fireworks show. This area will be clearly marked and only authorized personnel will be allowed within the safety zone.

Spectators are not allowed to park or view the show within the "hot zone" or launching site. All vehicles parked in the restricted area will be towed.