COOKEVILLE – Cookeville’s third annual “Red, White and Boom!” celebration will feature fireworks, a 1,000-foot water slide, live music, kids parade and much more.
“We will celebrate Independence Day with the greatest free fireworks show in Middle Tennessee,” Mayor Ricky Shelton said.
The pyrotechnic display is planned for Tuesday, July 4, at the Putnam County Fairgrounds beginning at 8:45 p.m. It will be synchronized to music broadcast simultaneously over all Stonecom radio stations – 93.7, 94.1, 95.9 and 106.9. The extravaganza may be viewed from many areas around the fairgrounds.
The fireworks show is the conclusion of a five-day celebration that kicks off June 30 with a Firecracker Flea Market from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. (It continues July 1 at the same time.)
Also on June 30, Cookeville Leisure Services’ After Dark Movies in the Park series will feature the 1996 film “Independence Day” beginning at dusk at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion, 30 E. Broad St. Admission is free.
SlideCKVL, a 1,000-foot water slide, will be open on Broad Street July 1 from 12-10 p.m. and July 2 from 12-8 p.m.
“SlideCKVL will be the biggest two-day water party of the summer,” Shelton said. “Join us for the slide of your life.”
Tickets may be purchased on site or in advance at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 10 E. Broad St., or www.cpactn.com. The cost is $25 for unlimited slides both days, $20 for five slides (which may be used by up to five people) or $10 for two slides. CPAC is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 931-528-1313.
Tickets will be exchanged for armbands in the parking lot next to Borden’s Jewelry throughout the event. Sliders, who must be at least five years old and 46 inches tall, will receive a custom inner tube with each ticket package.
A KidZone will be offered simultaneously with SlideCKVL in the Flemming Avenue parking lot across from the Cookeville Fire Department. It will feature water slides and inflatables for younger children. Tickets will be available for a small fee.
Several free concerts are planned for the Dogwood Performance Pavilion:
- July 1 – Peraphin, 5 p.m.; Smokey Mount’n Bandits, 6:30 p.m.; Familiar Faces, 8 p.m.
- July 2 – Ballinger Family, 7:30 p.m.
- July 3 – Cookeville Community Band, 7:30 p.m.
A cruise-in will be held July 1 from 12-4 p.m. at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.
A children’s bicycle and wagon parade will take place July 4 at the Putnam County Courthouse at 10 a.m., followed by a patriotic program honoring veterans at 10:30 a.m. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, wagons or scooters for the occasion. Walkers are also welcome. A $50 prize will be awarded in five categories: “Most Presidential,” “Best Cookeville or Tennessee Inspiration,” “Best Red, White and Blue,” “Most Patriotic” and “Most Creative.” Line-up and registration begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Freeze Street and Washington Avenue. Judging begins at 9:45 a.m. The parade will circle the courthouse and return to Freeze Street.
Activities at the Putnam County Fairgrounds on July 4 are as follows:
- Great Upper Cumberland Burger Battle – 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Inflatables for kids – 2-7 p.m.
- Legacy concert – 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Fireworks show – 8:45 p.m.
A variety of food vendors will be on site.
For more information, call Cookeville Leisure Services at 931-520-4386 or see the “Red, White and Boom!” and SlideCKVL Facebook event pages.