Fireworks

Hamilton County and the Town of Jennings are hosting their Fourth of July celebrations, which will include fireworks, early.

JASPER — Fireworks will light up the sky this weekend in both Jasper and Jennings.

The Town of Jennings’ annual Fourth of July celebration is set for Friday night at Pete Cunningham Park. The fireworks display will be held at dark and the festival will run from 6-9 p.m., according to Town Manager George Glover.

The festival will include bounce houses as well as food vendors, game vendors and music.

Glover said the town usually draws several hundred people for the celebration.

On Saturday night, it will be Hamilton County’s turn to put on a fireworks show at the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department complex.

Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Barnett said the fireworks will go off at “dark 30” or around 9:15-9:20 p.m.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the event will feature live music, waterslides, bounce houses and vendors. Slated to play at the Independence Day celebration are The Rebellions and Amber Jones.

Barnett said The Rebellions were scheduled to play a year ago, but didn’t perform due to the inclement weather. The group originally formed in 1965 in Jasper to play at high school dances. The band reunited two years ago with four of the original members as well as six additional musicians. The Rebellions mostly play music from the 60s with a little 50s, 70s and 80s.

Barnett said the celebration will be similar to years past but he hopes to expand it next year. He said several thousand annually attend the event.

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