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.