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Thousands enjoy family fun at first Firefighters Freedom Festival

By Victoria Taylor
By vtaylor@wbbjtv.com

MADISON CO, Tenn. -- The Madison County Fire Department hosted the inaugural Firefighters Freedom Festival in West Madison County on Friday night. More than 6,000 people enjoyed free fireworks and family fun.

The fire department and sponsors raised $25,000 for the event. Ten thousand dollars went toward firework purchase for the 25 minute long finale.

The festival is what most would say a quintessential southern Fourth of July celebration should look like.

"You know, not too many places are family oriented so I invited my family to come from Mississippi," Rosa Smith said, of Jackson.

Four months of planning brought back a public firework show for Jackson-Madison County.

"It's been about 10 or 11 years since there's been a public firework show. They do one at the ballpark, but we wanted to add some events and just make it a whole afternoon," Eric Turner said, Madison County Fire Chief.

Turner says a crowd this size is more than they could have hoped for and it's exactly the kind of evening to bring people from across the county together.