Metro-area residents are invited to celebrate Independence Day with an evening of Red, White and Blues at the 31st Family Fireworks Extravaganza at Traceway Park.
This year’s event will feature two of Clinton’s most talented, Eddie Cotton and Jarekus Singleton. Both performers are well known across the country for their hard hitting, deep driving blues lyrics and tunes.
The City of Clinton’s official July Fourth Celebration is presented by Continental Tire. The event is FREE. Parking is $10 per car.
“This year’s Family Fireworks Extravaganza is all about getting Clinton back together, and there is no better way to do it than celebrating the talent from here in Clinton,” stated Mayor Phil Fisher. “Eddie and Jarekus promise to be an amazing show to bring us all back together.”
Both musicians grew up honing their skills in local Church of God in Christ congregations: Cotton in the historic Sarah Dickey Neighborhood where his father was pastor, Singleton in Jackson at the church his grandfather pastored. While the church brought them together, their shared love of the blues and music forged a bond that remains today.
“Jarekus Singleton is making some serious blues noise…blending modern-day blues and
emotionally intense soul with melodic, hot-toned lead guitar, funk-seasoned rhythms
and hip-hop flavored lyrics” –LIVING BLUES
Eddie Cotton Sr. and Jimmy Lee Shearry, Singleton’s grandfather, preached and led revivals together as leaders of nearby congregations of the same faith. That’s how Jimmy’s brother, Honey Emmett Shearry, came to teach Cotton how to play the guitar. Later, when Cotton’s popularity rose, he returned the favor by instructing Singleton’s uncle, Tony Shearry, who was then introduced to the world of blues.
“Cotton is a master of soul blues” -National Folk Festival
The event will include a Children’s Fun Zone with inflatables, games and entertainment for children ages four through eleven.
The Children’s Fun Zone will have inflatables, games, and entertainment for Children. Kids ages 4 to 11 can enjoy the kid zone free of charge. Several vendors will be on site selling food and refreshments to attendees.
“Each Fourth of July, our community celebrates our nation’s independence and the democratic process ensured by our Constitution. And what better way to celebrate than the Family Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Continental,” stated Mayor Phil Fisher.
The evening will be capped off by a grand finale firework show at around 9:30 p.m., and organizers say there will be plenty of food and beverage vendors present at the free event.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., and festivities begin at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to come early and celebrate with their family and friends with a picnic or relax and enjoy the entertainment. Tents, coolers of non-alcoholic beverages and chairs are welcome. Traceway Park is a smoke- and alcohol-free facility. Parking will be $10 per car.