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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review of Simpsonville 4th of July - Independence Day Festival

The Simpsonville Red,White and Boom 4th of July event is a wonderful small town, big fun festival. We went last year and had a memorable day. I was there for work (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana) so my family spent most of the day there. My recommendation is that you arrive after 4pm and stay for the fireworks.   They have new things planned for 2015 so our experience will be a little different from what will take place this year - they keep changing it, for the better!

The festival was in Simpsonville Park which is conveniently located right off of the main street (US60) in Simpsonville - very easy to access taking Shelbyville Rd east into Shelby County.  The parking was free and close - no problems coming or going at all.
The festival was free and they accepted donations at the door.  There were bouncies for the kids (3) that were also free and a playground at the park. They take these down closer to dusk.  There were a few booths with freebies, food, treats etc.  During the entire festival, there was live music or a DJ playing songs. It made for a really great place to spend the day. There were food vendors, ice cream and beverages for sale.  With a small town festival, there weren't many to select from but even when the lines were longer- they moved quickly.  Everything was priced really well at $2-$3 and drinks were $1.  Port-a-potties for bathrooms.

At dusk, they prepared for fireworks by clearing more area for people to sit and the crowd game in for the show.  It was a great size crowd - enough for the buzz and excitement but not enough to cause traffic or any other issues.  The show was set to music and the fireworks were shot off from the baseball field directly next to the park - it was so close and the best experience we have had as a family watching fireworks.  They were so impressive and we will be back every year because of the grand display and ease of parking,  friendliness of everyone there and affordable pricing on all of the food.

Stephanie

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