Sylva gearing up for  July 4 extravaganza

The fifth annual July 4 Fireworks Festivities in Sylva’s Bridge Park are planned for Thursday, July 4, from 5-9 p.m. The free event organized by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will feature a concert by the Carolina Soul Band (soul/R&B/beach/classic hits) from 6:30-9:45 p.m. There will be food and drinks available for purchase by food truck vendors including Hit the Pit BBQ, South of Philly, Great Smokies Tropical Sno, Al’s BBQ & More and Chili Chomper. There will be free children’s activities provided by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. The fireworks show begins at dark (about 9:45 p.m.).