Early Details for The 36th Annual Columbus County Fireworks Celebration.

During an event brainstorming meeting of the Greater Tabor City Chamber of
Commerce some 37 years ago, an idea was born to hold a 4th of July Fireworks
Celebration that could be enjoyed by Tabor City, Columbus County and our
neighboring counties that wanted to come for a visit.
The Chamber Board members began planning this event and the following
summer the Inaugural Fireworks Celebration was held. Chamber Board Members
Jack Miller and Rick Worley took a little road trip and purchased $500 worth of
fireworks! Local entertainment was scheduled for a pre-show before the
fireworks were set off with the assistance of Tabor City Fire Department.
Through the years a lot has changed as more stringent guidelines have been put in
place regarding the disbursement of pyrotechnics, all of which are to make
everything as safe as possible for everyone. In addition to that change, it is
important to note that $500 would not go very far these days. It takes thousands
of dollars to do the display that we have and each year that number tends to
increase. We are beyond appreciative to each sponsor that generously gives to
help us keep this event alive and well.
The Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce continues to adhere to all local,
county, and state guidelines as they plan this this wonderful annual Independence
Day Celebration which is held near the 4
th of July. We are proud to be recognized
as the Columbus County Fireworks Celebration.
We would love for you to join us on Friday, June 30 at South Columbus High
School as we once again celebrate our nation’s independence with very talented
local entertainment and a beautiful patriotic display of fireworks! Hot dogs, soft
drinks, glow necklaces, and more will be available for purchase; however, there is
no admission fee to enter the gate…never has been and we continue to keep this
as a goal. The bleachers are usually packed, and the roadsides are lined with cars
of those who do not wish to or are unable to make the trek to come inside the
The best part is the amazing feeling in our chests that we all have when that
National Anthem is sung just before those fireworks light up night sky!

Annual Spring Has Sprung Festival

Approximately five years ago, our Board of Directors decided that Tabor City needed a
festival in the Spring. We already have a Fall festival, the NC Yam Festival, which was
borne out of this Chamber, so brainstorming began for a festival to be held during the
In 2021, the Inaugural Spring Has Sprung Festival was held the first weekend in May. In
spite of Covid, we had a great response. Everyone seemed to enjoy getting out and about.
Many of our vendors sold out of their wares! The Car Show was a huge hit. The kids and
parents alike loved the FREE KidZone. Free, thanks to our generous sponsors.
By 2022, an annual date was set for the 4th Saturday in April. We saw growth in
participation which was pleasing to all of us. Flimsy the Clown was one of the new
additions and the kids absolutely adored Flimsy.
2023 will be the 3rd year and we are looking forward to a fun-filled day with lots of craft
and food vendors, a Cruise in, entertainment and a FREE KidZone with inflatables, a
petting park, trackless train rides, and a magician. Many may know Magic by Ray. He has
been the in-house magician at Riverbanks Zoo for many years. He has performed all over
North and South Carolina.
There is no charge to enter the festival area of 4th & 5th Streets in Tabor City. The festival
hours are 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the parade stepping off at 11 a.m.
There isstill time to enter as a vendor or parade participant. We would love to have more
vendors selling plants, flowers, etc. Entry fees do apply for vendors and parade
participants. We are still accepting sponsors as well. Just give us a call or send us an
We hope to see you in Tabor City on Saturday, April 22, 2023 in downtown Tabor City!
Please take time to shop in our local businesses while you are here!



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