VERNON- The City of Vernon is getting back to its patriotic roots, having recently revived two local Fourth of July favorites by bringing back the Miss Firecracker pageant and city's July 4 celebration.


VERNON- The City of Vernon is getting back to its patriotic roots, having recently revived two local Fourth of July favorites by bringing back the Miss Firecracker pageant and city's July 4 celebration.



The town held its first Miss Firecracker pageant Saturday, June 20, for the first time since 2013. Under the direction of Laura Brewer, the pageant is a Vernon tradition, and the city hopes to see the event return to its former popularity as it continues to grow.



Vernon will also host a community patriotic celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4, with a Fourth of July parade. Parade lineup will begin at 4 p.m. behind the old high school, located on Dawkins St. Festivities will then move to the Sportsplex, where concessions, vendors, and children's activities will be in full swing. In its efforts to encourage participation in the first July 4 celebration since 2013, the city isn't charging a vendor fee; however, anyone interested in becoming a vendor should call Vernon City Hall at 850-535-2444 to reserve a space.



The event will culminate with fireworks at dusk under the supervision of the Vernon Fire Department. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring a chair.