• Fireworks lit up the sky in Murphy, Andrews and Ranger this week. Photos by Ben Katz
    Fireworks lit up the sky in Murphy, Andrews and Ranger this week. Photos by Ben Katz
  • Braden Williams (back) and Jarrett Williams won the smallest fish and most fish categories, respectively, at the fishing derby Thursday. The winner of the biggest fish (not pictured) was Hadalie Murphy.
    Braden Williams (back) and Jarrett Williams won the smallest fish and most fish categories, respectively, at the fishing derby Thursday. The winner of the biggest fish (not pictured) was Hadalie Murphy.
  • Ethan Carrillo cleans the street of candy during Murphy’s Fourth of July Parade.
    Ethan Carrillo cleans the street of candy during Murphy’s Fourth of July Parade.
  • There were peanut drops in Andrews and Murphy on Thursday.
    There were peanut drops in Andrews and Murphy on Thursday.
  • Serenity Howard picked up enough peanuts to open a boiled peanut stand during the popular Peanut Drop in Murphy.
    Serenity Howard picked up enough peanuts to open a boiled peanut stand during the popular Peanut Drop in Murphy.
  • The Western North Carolina Wagon Train came through Andrews on Thursday evening.
    The Western North Carolina Wagon Train came through Andrews on Thursday evening.
  • Kylie Kelley rode her horse as part of the annual parade.
    Kylie Kelley rode her horse as part of the annual parade.
  • Cadence Savugot pushes Isaac Waldroup in a Sherman tank stroller (also an award winner) while KaeLiana Savugot patrols the flank.
    Cadence Savugot pushes Isaac Waldroup in a Sherman tank stroller (also an award winner) while KaeLiana Savugot patrols the flank.
  • Rowan Woods (left), O’Malley Salinas (pulling wagon) and Elliott Salinas (in wagon) lead the way during Andrews’ Fourth of July Bike Parade.
    Rowan Woods (left), O’Malley Salinas (pulling wagon) and Elliott Salinas (in wagon) lead the way during Andrews’ Fourth of July Bike Parade.
  • Andrews held its first bike parade for kids on Thursday morning, led by Mayor James Reid.
    Andrews held its first bike parade for kids on Thursday morning, led by Mayor James Reid.
  • The Andrews Pool hosted plenty of fun events Thursday, including biggest and smallest splash.
    The Andrews Pool hosted plenty of fun events Thursday, including biggest and smallest splash.
  • Nathan Wooten and Lauren Stimpson carry the banners for the 5K to remember Sgt. Christopher Lockett as part of July 4 festivities.
    Nathan Wooten and Lauren Stimpson carry the banners for the 5K to remember Sgt. Christopher Lockett as part of July 4 festivities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fourth of July was fantastic in Cherokee County

    Cherokee County had a myriad of celebrations going Thursday, when the Fourth of July in the mountains was blessed with beautiful, sunny weather.

    Murphy had its parade back for the second straight year with fire engines and patriotically decorated vehicles rolling through town on a hot afternoon.
    The Fraternal Order of Police put on the festivities in Konehete Park, which included fishing and home run derbies, with food and drink vendors and plenty of family fun. Murphy assistant police chief Dustin Smith said it was a successful event from a fundraising perspective, as well as fun for those in attendance.
    Andrews had activities all day as well, starting with the inaugural bike parade for kids around the community center complex. Youngsters decorated their bikes with all manner of red, white and blue to win prizes and get the fun started on the eastern end of the county.
    Andrews had bouncy houses for kids as well as musical entertainment, vendors, pool games and more, centered around the newly named Judy Nichols Recreation Park. The afternoon activities were opened with a flag ceremony and readings from the Declaration of Independence.
     “I thought it was absolutely outstanding,” Andrews Mayor James Reid said. “It really gave me encouragement that the chamber is willing to work with the town and (let us) set up in the rec park, unlike last year.”
    The county sky lit up with fireworks shows in each town, while shows from nearby Blairsville, Blue Ridge and Hiawassee, Ga., were easily visible from some points in the county.

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