For the first time ever, Danielsville will have its own Independence Day fireworks show, set for Saturday, July 2.
Master Basters BBQ restaurant owner Clint Larkin said the show, which will be held in a field near his restaurant, will be a family themed event.
Larkin, along with Farm Bureau, Georgia Metals, Madison County Ace Hardware, First Madison, First Citizens, Title Loans and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are sponsoring the event.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. that afternoon in the gravel parking lot behind the restaurant, with music, outdoor food sales, a bounce house, sno cone machine and other activities for kids, along with a beer trailer for the adults. Larkin said no coolers or outside drinks or food will be allowed. Port-a-potties will also be set up for the convenience of guests. Local talent Bobby Compton will also perform.
Guests can purchase hot dogs, hamburger and barbecue sandwiches, soft drinks or beer outside, or come inside to enjoy the restaurant’s full menu and bar. Master Basters will be open until 11 p.m. that evening.
“We worked it so that this wouldn’t interfere with the parade and other events in Colbert,” Larkin said. In fact, Master Basters will have a float in their morning parade advertising the fireworks.
Larkin said attendees should come early to get the best site for their lawn chairs, blankets and tents. The area behind the restaurant will be the primary parking area, but the Farm Bureau parking lot next door and other areas nearby will also be available to see the show.
“We will have five or six deputies on hand to provide security and to keep things family friendly,” Larkin said.
The fireworks show will begin at dusk – between 9 and 9:30 p.m. and should last 30 to 40 minutes.
“We have 1,500 big shots and a 500-shot finale,” he said. “That’s bigger than Athens-Clarke County’s show.”
Danielsville’s volunteer fire department will wet the area down before the show starts and the nearby lake will be available as a water source should there be any issues, Larkin said.
“Please be pet friendly and put your pets up that evening before the fireworks start,” he said, noting that many pets become frightened and might run away due to all the noise.
“We just want to give back to the community and have a good family friendly fun time for the 4th of July weekend,” Larkin said. “We want the restaurant to be a part of this community.”
He said there are more events and concerts planned for the fall.