HOFFMAN — The Town of Hoffman is planning a full slate of Fourth of July activities, including a fireworks show, for the first time, town leaders confirmed Friday.

This event makes two major fireworks shows in Richmond County this — the other being held at The Berry Patch off of U.S. 220 on July 3 — after COVID-19 and financial strife forced the cancellation of the Ellerbe Lion Club’s and City of Hamlet’s annual fireworks shows both this year and last year.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 at 106 Thompson St. in Hoffman, the town will host a DJ, hold basketball games for kids and for adults, allow seniors to play BINGO, will have a water slide and bounce house for kids, will feature a local motorcycle club riding by, and Macedonia Masonic Lodge #629 will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, among other potential surprises, according to Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Kelly. One other event could be a best dressed contest where judges will determine who has the best July 4th-themed costume.

Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The event is free. The fireworks will be set off from the baseball field at the old school building.

Kelly said the town has been able to save about $5,000 in its parks and recreation budget for this fiscal year because they didn’t do their Christmas tree lighting ceremony, they didn’t do their annual eight-week class for senior citizens, and it hasn’t done its summer class for the last two years. These savings, plus the help of some volunteers, allowed the town to put together what Kelly hopes will be a new tradition. It’s not clear how much the event will cost in total.

“Since everything is opening back up we feel this way we’ll be able to get a jump off to try to get people back involved and show a little gratitude,” Kelly said. “We’re trying to get it to where next year we can have some sponsors and make it biggest, but this is a little ‘icing’ to start it off.”

Hoffman’s residents have typically either gone to Hamlet or Aberdeen for fireworks, and the Town Council decided to try to do something local.

“By having it local, we have a lot of youth in here and senior citizens who live right here in the area and don’t have to worry about driving way over there [to an out-of-town fireworks show],” Kelly said. “It will mean a lot to them … We’re a small town but we can do things by working together, you know.”

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