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Annual Firecracker Fest set for Sunday at Mill Creek Park
In this file photo, Khloee Major of Statesboro is all smiles while enjoying some grapes during the annual Firecracker Fest at Mill Creek Park. The 2022 Firecracker Fest is set for Sunday at Mill Creek Park.
In this file photo, Khloee Major of Statesboro is all smiles while enjoying some grapes during the annual Firecracker Fest at Mill Creek Park. The 2022 Firecracker Fest is set for Sunday at Mill Creek Park. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

The Bulloch County Recreation and Parks Department and Cardinal LG will present the 2022 Firecracker Fest at Mill Creek Regional Park in Statesboro from 5-10 p.m. Sunday, July 3.

The Firecracker Fest has been a Statesboro tradition for many years.

“The Firecracker Fest is a great event for everyone in our community and we are proud to be able to host once again,” says Eddie Canon, director of the Recreation Department. “We will do everything we can to help our guests have a safe, fun Independence Day celebration.”

The free event will include several inflatables, live music, community exhibitions, as well as, the traditional Frog Jumping Contest. (People planning to participate in the Frog Jumping Contest are asked to bring their frogs to Field 3 between 5-5:30 pm.)

For the finale, Briggs and Stratton will sponsor the fireworks show, which will take place around 9:15 p.m.

The music lineup will be led by “Color the Night.” The well-known group performs a large variety of party music from the past five decades: from classic rock to funk, R&B to 80s. Color the Night will be on stage from 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Chyann Rose will fill the 7-7:45 p.m. slot and local Sara Maria Maghiar will sing the National Anthem.

“The Bulloch County Recreation and Parks Department wants everyone to be safe this holiday and have worked with local law enforcement and the Georgia Highway Patrol to create a traffic plan for this event,” Canon said.

 

Traffic plan

New this year – The back entrance to Mill Creek Park will be closed and used for emergency vehicle access only.

Starting at 8:45 p.m., no traffic will be allowed down Highway 24 from the 301 Bypass to the recycling center just past the main entrance to Mill Creek Regional Park.  From 9:30-10:30 p.m., traffic will exit out of the main entrance of the park using both lanes.

The right lane will be directed right or left onto Highway 24; the left lane will be directed left onto Highway 24. Traffic exiting from residences and businesses across Highway 24 from Mill Creek Regional Park will only be allowed to turn right (west) onto Highway 24. 

Both lanes of Highway 24 will go straight to the by-pass. The right lane of Highway 24 will be allowed to travel right onto the by-pass or straight on Highway 24/East Main.  The left lane of Highway 24 will be directed left onto the by-pass.

Traffic from Mill Creek Elementary will be directed right onto Beasley Road to Highway 80. Traffic exiting from Bible Baptist, Trinity Church, and Barnes Lumber will be directed right onto Highway 24 to the by-pass for access to Highways 80 and 301. 

Any traffic wishing to travel down Hwy 24 after 8:45pm will be rerouted to Hwy 80 east to Burkhalter Road where you will turn left and travel down to Zettwell Road and turn left again. This will take you back to Hwy 24 on the opposite side of Mill Creek Regional Park.

Firecracker Fest is made possible with the support of sponsors and the community. The 2022 event is sponsored by Cardinal LG, Briggs and Stratton, Coca-Cola, the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro, Brickhouse Live, TC Outdoors, The Advantage Team with Statesboro Properties, Vyve, Rotary Club of Statesboro,  Statesboro Golf Carts and ViaMedia.

For more information on the 2022 Firecracker Fest, call (912) 764-5637 or visit www.bullochrec.com.

 

 

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