Elizabethton Independence Day celebration ends with a bang

Published 10:18 am Monday, July 3, 2023

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A huge throng of people converged on downtown Elizabethton Saturday as the City of Elizabethton held its annual Independence Day celebration with events such as the patriotic pedal, the patriotic dog pageant, the Miss Firecracker pageant, music from REO Survivor and Company from Charlotte, NC who provided two hours of non-stop music, and finally to top things off a fireworks display that will be talked about for quite some time.
The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation’s celebration was sponsored by the Elizabethton Chamber and Tour Carter County saw a crowd even larger than last year’s turn out to enjoy the festivities throughout the afternoon as a threat of rain early dissipated leaving behind a cooling breeze to make the evening special.
Eight food trucks including Tri-Cities Smoke Show, Good Karma Kettle Corn, Sideshow Station, Tin Can Diner, Cardinal Kitchen Cotton Candy, Hot Rod Production, Appalachian Ice, and Fire Pizza were kept busy all evening long making sure to  provide refreshments and plenty of good things to eat.
It was a team effort by the city as the Elizabethton Police and Fire Department were on hand along with the Park & Rec Staff and the street department that had the toughest part of the night in cleaning up after everyone had went home.
But it was the fireworks team that left the biggest impression of the evening with a great show of high launching shells that burst into vibrant colors, a waterfall of sparks over the Doe River Bridge and an erupting fire ball that was the talk of the town even into Sunday morning church services.

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