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Photo illustration. Not real fireworks. But it would be cool if it were.

Downtown Sanford will host a day-long celebration this Saturday to mark the completion of its streetscape revitalization project — a project totaling $6.5 million in public investment.

The culmination of the StreetFest will be a fireworks show above the downtown skyline. But there’s much more going on before that, too. Hosted by the City of Sanford, Downtown Sanford Inc. and the Sanford Area Growth Alliance, the StreetFest will feature local businesses and nonprofit groups and will offer live music, food trucks, demos, street entertainers and more.


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10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Downtown Sanford’s first Art in the Alley will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature local artists, demos,and activities on Charlie Watson Lane (that little side street off Steele). Downtown businesses will also have their doors open throughout the day.

2 to 4 p.m.: Depot Park will host activities from 2 to 4 p.m., including Yoga in the Park and a cornhole tournament hosted by Smoke & Barrel. Yoga will be free and starts with a 30-minute family session followed by a 60-minute adult session. Entry for the cornhole tournament is $10 per team.

4:15 p.m.: Join the party on Steele Street led by Sanford Latin DanceThe B Sides will start the evening with honky tonk and country music on Steele Street starting at 4:45 p.m., followed by rockabilly group The Straight 8s at 6:15 p.m. Steele, Carthage, Moore and Wicker streets will be closed the remainder of the evening.

8 p.m.: Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show. The Lee County Community Orchestra will play in Depot Park at 8 p.m., and the fireworks show is scheduled to start around 8:30.

Food trucks will be set up around downtown, including NC Wings & Things, Bold Flavors, Bac 2 Mac, Bull City and Kona Ice. The family friendly event will include a KidsZone on Carthage Street with games, face painting, Sanford Police Department’s mobile unit, bounce houses and other things kids like. A martial arts demonstration by Black Belt Leadership Academy will begin at 6:15 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Jennifer St. Clair at 919-718-4659 x 1400.

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