Inverness fireworks and festivities

A colorful burst of fireworks illuminates the sky over Lake Henderson during a past Fourth of July celebration in Inverness. Thousands of spectators visit Inverness to watch the aerial display. This Sunday evening will see another pyrotechnics display over the lake.

This year, Inverness prepares for an exciting Independence Day celebration, as the city’s annual event will feature national country music performer Eddie Montgomery, in addition to fireworks, games and food.

Steve Schurdell, managing partner of local radio stations including Citrus 95.3, Fox Classic Hits 96.7, Greatest Hits 106.3 and Nature Coast Country, said the live music will be a landmark event for the county.

“The city of Inverness always does quality events, but to our knowledge this will be the largest free music event with an artist of this caliber in Citrus county history,” Schurdell said.

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The event will be held July 3, with live entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks launching at 9:30 p.m. Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry fame, will perform at 7:15 p.m. following the Bearded Brothers.

Schurdell also felt the addition of such known talent at the celebration could open the door for future large artists to perform in the county as well.

“With the closing of Rock Crusher Canyon and Pavilion as an event venue, there is an absolute need for a place to host live music events here in Citrus County,” Schurdell stated, “The city of Inverness has done an outstanding job in the development of the Depot District, which along with Liberty Park provides an exceptional setting for outside music events.”

In addition to live music, the festival will host a variety of family games. The train station will have ping pong, patio pong, corn hole, Jenga and Connect Four all located under the Depot Pavilion.

There will be lots of food available as well, with a variety of nonprofit and church vendors set to be present at the celebration. The train station will be serving beer and hot dogs in the pavilion, with specialty hotdogs and ice cream available inside the train station.

To ensure safety of participants in the event, coolers, tents, personal fireworks and outside food or alcohol will be prohibited. It’s recommended to bring cash as well, since there are no ATMs on the site.

“The city of Inverness and our Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has a priority for not only everyone to enjoy themselves, but for the city to be a safe environment,” said Betty Pleacher, assistant director of Inverness parks and recreation.

Contact Chronicle reporter Aidan Bush at 352-270-1823 or via e-mail at aidan.bush@chronicleonline.com.