The Buckner Family Fireworks Festival begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Heisler Park, 306 N. Park Ave. in Buckner. Admission is free, although the Buckner Park Board is requesting that individuals bring a non-perishable food item for the Buckner Food Pantry. In addition, monetary donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of the fireworks display.

The Fourth of July celebration will get a jump start one week early as Buckner celebrates with the Buckner Family Fireworks Festival.


The festival begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Heisler Park, 306 N. Park Ave. in Buckner. Admission is free, although the Buckner Park Board is requesting that individuals bring a non-perishable food item for the Buckner Food Pantry. In addition, monetary donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of the fireworks display.


“Last year was the biggest crowd we have had in years,” said Ed Burns, member of the Buckner Park Board. “We keep the events free so that more kids and families will come and visit the park. We think it is also a popular event because it is a week before the actual Fourth of July holiday and a week before the surrounding communities do their fireworks displays.”


The festival will include several events including a softball tournament, a classic car show from Friends Just Cruising, games, entertainment provided by Brand-X and concessions. In addition, the VFW will have a food stand serving hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwursts, a fundraiser for the local post. The evening will end with a fireworks display at dusk.


Burns said the goal of the festival is to encourage community members to visit the park as well as to let those outside the small community know that Buckner is still thriving.


“We have been doing an event like this for years, but in the last three years, we have really stepped it up another notch,” he said. “We want to get people back to the park and really revitalize the area. It is a little smaller show, but it serves the citizens of Buckner quite well. We are a pretty proud community.”