This weekend will mark the annual Elkin Jaycees Independence Day Celebration. The event has been a long-running tradition for the Jaycees, an area civic organization for young professionals. This year’s event will take place a week early so that families can attend various celebrations happening in the area to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
The event, known this year as Freedom Fest, will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Elkin Municipal Park and will include a variety of activities for all ages, including raffle drawings and other prizes. A fireworks display will begin at dark.
“As always, we will have several local food vendors, live music by Big Daddy Mojo, a bounce house, inflatable slide, and an inflatable obstacle course for kids, as well as a fantastic fireworks show,” said member Lauren Meek. “Admission is free to come and enjoy the music and fireworks.”
The date change this year was done based on feedback from area attendees and to accommodate other area celebrations.
“Last year we held our event on Saturday, July 3. We did this to make it more convenient for folks in the community to attend, as a 4th celebration on Sunday is not ideal for many. After last year’s event, we received an overwhelmingly positive response from patrons and vendors alike. Plus, we had the largest crowd in recent memory. These factors helped the Jaycees membership to decide to hold our annual event on the Saturday before the 4th,” explained member Anthony Sebastian.
“Some years, as in this year, the event will be a full week ahead of the 4th and some years it will be on the 3rd. By attending our event on the 27th, you will still be able celebrate with friends and family on the 4th and maybe even catch another one of the many area fireworks displays,” he said.
The event being held on the 4th of July often conflicts with other area celebrations like in Mountain Park and Yadkinville, added member Will Ballard. With the change, Ballard said the hope is that people will be able to attend multiple celebrations in the area. The group said they plan to host Freedom Fest annual on the Saturday prior to July 4.
“The Mountain Park community also hosts a fantastic 4th of July event and by ensuring that our event would never conflict with theirs, we are providing our community with two special ways to celebrate Independence Day,” said Meek.
Saturday also is the night of the monthly cruise-in in downtown Elkin.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.