PICKWICK, Tenn. — The traditional, stunning fireworks show over Pickwick Lake will make a return this year.

After a silent year off due to the pandemic, the Fourth of July fireworks display will go “boom” beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the Pickwick Landing State Park Sandy Beach. In addition to the annual fireworks show, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be broadcasting live with WKWX beginning at 7 p.m. with patriotic music and special guests’ interviews.

“We are excited about continuing our rich Fourth of July tradition and invite all Crossroads area visitors to celebrate with us at Pickwick Landing State Park,” said Tourism Director Beth Pippin.

According to organizers, fireworks will be shot from Sandy Beach near the Pickwick Landing Dam, leaving the lake and surrounding areas as ideal locations for spectators.

“We can’t thank Pickwick Landing State Park enough for their partnership allowing us to put on this wonderful show,” said Pippin.

Hardin County CVB again this year has contracted with High-Tech Special Effects, Inc to coordinate the fireworks show.

“We try to grow the ‘oohhs and ahhhhs’ each year,” said Pippin, “and this year’s show is no different. We are adding more bang and more special effects for a $15,000 spectacular display.”

In addition to the 9 p.m. show, the Friends of Pickwick Landing State Park will be hosting all day fun around newly renovated The Lodge and The Circle beach area. Food and craft vendors will be set up as well as state park ranger-led activities.

“Spectators are encouraged to be safe and act responsible,” said Pickwick Landing State Park Manager Andy Wright. “First and foremost, obey the law. Law enforcement will be present on land and water. Park rangers, TWRA, TVA, THP, and Hardin County Sheriff’s Department will be assisting with traffic and enforcing the law.”

Outside the park, it will be important to maintain good traffic flow to allow emergency traffic through. Stopping or blocking either lane of traffic on the dam, levee, or roadway will not be permitted. Parking will be allowed on the south side (lake side) of the levee and prohibited on the north, said Wright.

Inside the park, spectators may enjoy views from around the Inn area, Circle Beach, from the golf course hillside bank, the playground area and shelter one hillside bank areas. Traffic in and out of The Circle will be closed to all but emergency traffic beginning at 6 p.m. Sandy Beach will be closed all day to all spectators, he said.

“We want everyone to have a great holiday and enjoy your time in the park,” added Wright, “It’s the biggest summer family event celebrating our nation. Enjoy and be safe.”

For more information about the Pickwick Landing State Park Fourth of July fireworks show, contact Hardin County CVB at 731-925-8181 or visit www.tour hardincounty.org.

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