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Firecracker Fest 2017 set for Fourth of July
Celebration to feature fun, frogs and fireworks
Paige Nelson, 8, of Brooklet heaves her bullfrog to the scorers tent on the way to winning the biggest frog competition in the annual Read, Set, Jump frog jumping contest during Firecracker Festival at Mill Creek Regional Park during the 2016 celebration.

Hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and Synovus Bank, Firecracker Fest 2017 is set to begin Tuesday — the Fourth of July — 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 a fireworks display at the end of the night. The event is free and family friendly and will include inflatables, a Frog Jumping Contest — Be sure to bring your own frog! — the traditional Greased Pole Climb and more.

Live music will fill the stage from 5:30–7 p.m. and 7:45–9:15 p.m. by Sweetwater Junction, a band based out of Atlanta that performs party music of all different types of genres. From 7–7:45 p.m., Musical Magic will take the stage with a variety of musical selections.

At 9:15 p.m., a powerful fireworks show, sponsored in part by Briggs and Stratton, will end the celebration. 

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

“We are looking forward to a fun evening at Mill Creek Park, where we will have many activities for the whole family,” said Kimberly Sharpe, community events supervisor with the SBCPRD. “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 reminds people to bring their frogs and join in on Field 3 for the annual Frog Jumping Contest.

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


Traffic information

The SBCPRD wants everyone to be safe this holiday and has worked with local law enforcement and the Georgia Highway Patrol to create a traffic plan for this event. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the back exit will be used for exiting only. Traffic will be stopped at the intersection of Brannen and Beasley roads, and only residents will be allowed to turn down Brannen Road.

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 Park. From 9:30 p.m. until 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 Park only will be allowed to turn right (west) onto Highway 24. Both lanes of Highway 24 will go straight to the bypass. The right lane of Highway 24 will be allowed to travel right onto the bypass or straight on Highway 24/East Main Street. The left lane of Highway 24 will be directed left onto the bypass.

Traffic exiting out of the back exit at Mill Creek will turn right onto Brannen Road and then left onto Beasley Road to Highway 80. The back entrance to Mill Creek Park will be used for exiting only.

Once all cars have exited from Mill Creek Park, traffic from Mill Creek Elementary School 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 bypass for access to Highway 80 and Highway 301.


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