Franklin celebrates Independence Day

Published 6:42 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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Downtown Franklin was the setting for a particularly busy scene Wednesday afternoon and evening, June 29, as people from the community and beyond gathered to attend the city’s annual Independence Day Celebration.

“It was a great event,” Franklin Mayor Frank M. Rabil said, extending “a huge ‘thank you’” to the sponsors and many volunteers that helped make the celebration a big success. 

“The annual celebration is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community as well as an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day with our citizens and our neighbors from the surrounding areas,” Rabil said.

Franklin City Manager Amanda C. Jarratt said the city was thrilled to have held another successful Independence Day Celebration.

“The day brought beautiful weather, over 100 cars participating in the Franklin Cruise-In, free refreshments from the Franklin Experience, fantastic music by The Embers and a stunning firework display by Virginia Skypainters,” she said. “We are so appreciative to the various sponsors and volunteers that made the night so successful. We look forward to future events highlighting all that the city of Franklin has to offer.”

Mike Smith, one of the principal organizers behind the Franklin Cruise-In, said the weather was perfect for the cars and all the other events as well.

“We were ecstatic with the turnout,” he said. “It was a great event for the entire community. It was amazing to see all the different groups work together to bring this free, family, fun event to downtown Franklin, so we were very, very pleased.”

The Franklin Cruise-In and Franklin Farmers Market are both being held each Wednesday afternoon/evening, and the farmers market enjoyed a particularly significant boost in patronage by being part of the Independence Day Celebration.

“We had about 500 customers, so it was a pretty good day for us,” Market Manager Robert Campbell said. “We’ve been averaging a little over a hundred on Wednesday evenings, so, yeah, that was significantly better.”