The public is invited to join in the fun as the city of Jackson lights up the sky celebrating America’s birthday on July 4.

The city’s “Red, White and Boom!” Independence Day event will be held at Daughtry Park in Jackson. Those in attendance may bring blankets or lawn chairs to take in entertainment, food, games and the grande finale — the fireworks.

Gates at Daughtry Park, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, open at 5 p.m. July 4. The entry fee is $5 per vehicle, and all proceeds go toward the purchase of fireworks for next year’s event.

This is the city’s 26th annual Fourth of July celebration and promises to offer children of all ages more fun on the field than ever thanks to the city’s co-host, the Butts County Department of Leisure Services.

Activities will include a bounce house, an inflatable dry slide and a wet slide for cooling off.

There will also be a traditional water melon eating contest, a soccer ball kicking contest and a football throwing contest with prizes.

On-target pitches may even drop a favorite local official or friend in the dunk tank.

Face painting, food and beverages will also be available.

The Mackie Creek Band will provide musical entertainment from the bandstand with the show broadcast live on WJGA Radio, 92.1 FM.

The grand finale of the evening will be the large fireworks show, with city employees and volunteers detonating hundreds of fireworks in varying sizes and shapes. The fireworks show will start at 9:45 p.m.

City officials remind attendees that alcohol, pets, smoking, drones and amateur fireworks are prohibited in the park.