East Lincoln Fireworks

The annual East Lincoln Fireworks festival will be held this year on Saturday, June 29. Gates open at 4 p.m.

The Denver Area Business Association is holding its annual fireworks festival this year on Saturday, June 29 at the East Lincoln High School football stadium. In addition to the fireworks, entertainment will be provided by Nashville-based country music stars.

Slated to appear are American country band Parmalee, Nashville Tennessee’s SKYDANCER Entertainment Recording artist Jeff Bates, as well as Lincolnton native Kelby Costner who’s returning for the third year in a row. This is a free event and gates open at 4 p.m.

As he has for several years, Ronnie Caldwell chose the performers for the event and will be the master of ceremonies. 

“We’re expecting a record crowd,” he said. “The event continues to grow every year. Planning started in October and we’ve got a ton of volunteers helping out. I would encourage everybody to get there early. Bring a blanket or a chair and if you think it’s going to rain, an umbrella. Please support the vendors because without them and the sponsors we wouldn’t have this show.”

When picking the entertainers for the festival, Caldwell said that Jeff Bates is the closest thing they could find to Conway Twitty. He’s performed with Loretta Lynn and still does over 140 shows a year. 

“He has amazing country sounds and promotes his Christian country music as well,” Caldwell said. “We were able to get Parmalee at a time that they are getting really popular. It’s great entertainment and all free. There’s going to be an amazing fireworks show afterwards.”

In addition to the music, there will be activities for children, food trucks, raffles and many vendors. The event is held rain or shine. Once the fireworks are loaded, even if it rains, Caldwell said that they will go off as soon as the rain passes through.

No outside coolers or pets will be allowed, according to Caldwell. The gates open at 4 p.m. and the music is slated to begin at approximately 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

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