Archer’s Mustang Grill and Bar owner Shaun Willis said he was sitting with the right group of people when the idea of having a July 4th event for the community came up.
“Coming out of the pandemic we needed a place for our citizens to get out and celebrate that we’re Americans,” said Willis, who recently qualified to run for a City of Archer commissioner spot.
“There was nothing going on for the Fourth of July in Archer,” Willis said.
So that group of people which included Bill Foster of Premier Events NCF and Travis Harvey of Twisted Missile Pyrotechnics teamed up with the City of Archer to plan a full day of events at Wilson Robinson Park.
The event is called Red, White and Boom.
From a $150 prize for the fastest watermelon eater to rides on a red, white and blue mechanical bull to food vendors and two musical acts plus an after party, the organizers of the event hope the entire community will attend the event and enjoy the activities that will end with a fireworks show.
From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Joey Holiday will be performing a range of songs from country to rock ‘n’ roll to blues and gospel.
And from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the group Vibe RW takes the stage with three keyboards.
Willis said he’s planning on more than 800 people to show up.
“Get there early and bring chairs!” he said.
After the fireworks show which starts at 8:35 p.m., Willis has an after party scheduled at his restaurant and bar.
Harvey is choreographing the fireworks display that will be sequenced from up to four launch stations.
He said the fireworks will have, “Big show effects at a smaller show level.”