Last year, when the City of Shelbyville cancelled its annual Independence Day fireworks display for budget reasons, a fireworks event in Bell Buckle provided an alternative. The town had been holding its own Fourth of July festivities for years, but last year found itself the only game in town.
This year, Shelbyville's display (organized by the city, but jointly funded with Bedford County) is back on, and Bell Buckle's will return as well, giving local residents two different choices. Both celebrations will be held on the actual holiday, July 4; both have booked popular local entertainers as headliners; and both promise food and fun.
Shelbyville's Independence Day Celebration, at H.V. Griffin Park, will include an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. featuring the National Anthem as sung by Gary Haile. That will be followed by a children's parade at 5:10 p.m., a performance by the "Half-Timers" at 5:30, Cody Huber at 6 p.m. and then vocalist Kacey Smith at 7 p.m. The fireworks display will take place at 9 p.m,.
The city's event promises vendors, children's games from 6-8 p.m., a dunking tank and a watermelon split. The city park also has its outdoor pool with a 15-foot-tall water slide.
Bell Buckle's event, at the town's amphitheater, will also begin at 5 p.m. with the fireworks at 9 p.m. Speakeasy will play beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by popular local band Rayz'n Cain. Concessions will be available.