Tullahoma’s Independence Day Regional Celebration kicks off at 3 o’clock this afternoon at Frazier McEwen Park.

“There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from the surrounding communities,” said Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee.

Daytime activities will offer plenty to keep the family busy – from the kids’ zone and craft and food vendors to live music. Musical entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with the cover band Vinyl Radio.

“These musicians are exceptionally talented,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Glick.

“This will be a fun-packed show featuring classic songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

According to the band’s website, “Vinyl Radio comes at you with a wash of vocal power and a righteous regard for the great rock-n-roll music of the ‘70s. These music city pros combine their considerable talents in an experience that captures the essence of an era when guitars, grooves and melodies ruled the airwaves.”

Artists covered by the band include the Eagles, American, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Aerosmith, Styx, Queen, Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Just before the sun sets, NFL Draft house band Sixwire – named in honor of the six-string guitar that forms the base of their sound – will take the Grider baseball stadium stage at 7 p.m.  The Nashville-based group makes high-energy appearances all over the world with their pop-country-meets-classic-rock show.

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Through the years, members of Sixwire have played in the bands for Faith Hill, Alabama, Randy Travis, Richard Marx, Delbert McClinton, Phil Vassar, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, BJ Thomas and many others.

After sunset, the evening’s festivities will be capped off with one of the area’s largest fireworks shows.

Find a seat at Tullahoma High School’s Grider baseball stadium and enjoy the show. Fireworks are expected to start at 9:15 p.m.

Shuttle rides will be available from parking areas downtown and in the Dunham’s Sports-anchored Cherokee Square shopping center.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

“The Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to invite our neighboring communities to come to the park and celebrate our independence,” said Curlee.


Remember our four-legged friends

Not all creatures understand the noise and spectacle of patriotic celebration. This can be a distressing time for pets. As the week’s celebrations continue, take time to prepare a quiet, private place indoors where your pet may feel safe.

And for your own peace of mind, check and double-check that whatever safe place you choose – whether it is inside your home, yard or garage – is completely secure. More pets run away and get lost during the first week of July than at any other time of year.