The city of Jackson’s “Red, White and Boom!” Independence Day celebration included music, food and fun for residents of Butts County and beyond.
The event, at the Butts County Department of Leisure Services’ Daughtry Park and in coordination with the department, was held for the 26th year July 4.
Music was provided by the Mackie Creek Band.
Department of Leisure Services and city officials, along with Butts County Superior Court Judge William A. Fears, sliced watermelon for the traditional watermelon eating contest.
Watermelons for the contest, and for festival attendees, were provided by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office.
The Department of Leisure Services also oversaw games and activities for children. Kids were able to cool off on a water slide, or slide down inflatables.
Among those in attendance were Ella and Emery Medrano of McDonough.
“We came down last year and we just enjoy the atmosphere,” said their mom Erica Medrano. “It’s not as crowded and crazy. It’s a good time for the family.”
Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin welcomed guests to the park before the Mackie Creek Band took the stage.
“We are indeed blessed to be a part of this community in this great state and most of all this great country that provides us so much security, so much safety, so much pleasure and so much economic well-being,” Pippin said.
“Be thankful for being an American today as we celebrate during this 26th annual city of Jackson Fourth of July celebration. In order for things like this to happen, a lot of people have to work. And I’m telling you many, many city employees have been at work for a good long while today and up to today, pulling things together. ... They’re here to make sure the community has a great day and I’m very, very appreciative to each and every one of them.”