A blast of fireworks for the community, originally scheduled for July 4, will be presented Saturday, Aug. 31 in conjunction with Franklin’s Jazz Festival. The City of Franklin and Franklin’s WAKM-AM 950 are co-hosting the show to be launched from The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Franklin Road.
The show will begin 30 minutes after sunset and last about 20 minutes.
“We’re going to shoot them regardless of the weather,” said an optimistic Tom Lawrence, the longtime voice of Williamson County and co-owner of WAKM radio, which celebrated 60 years of broadcasting earlier this year.
Well after the sun sets on the lush fields of the former Tennessee walking horse farm, patrons of the Jazz Festival can step outside to capture the show, which is free and open to the public.
“Franklin is fortunate to have such great events in our downtown area throughout the year,” said Mayor Ken Moore. “This weekend will be better than ever with the Fourth of July Fireworks display that was postponed due to rain earlier this year at
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. It’s a great event for the whole family and it coincides with the Jazz Festival at the Factory, which is always special. Then on Monday the entire family can support Mercy Clinic with the historic Franklin Classic!”
The fireworks event is a Franklin tradition. The show dates back to 1982, Lawrence said. “We first started at the Alexander Plaza and shot them behind the old Wal-Mart.”
In the late 1980s, organizers moved the launch site a short distance to what was then the new Williamson Square shopping center.
In 1999, a special one-time fireworks display to mark the County’s bicentennial was held in the historic district of downtown Franklin.
“After that we moved to the City’s wastewater treatment plant, where we have been ever since.” This site, close to Franklin High School, allows spectators to view the show from a wide area west of Franklin Road, near the Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway.