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The Town of Garner has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and five member Town Council. Elections for the office of council member are held at two-year intervals in November of odd-numbered years. Elections are non-partisan, and the mayor and council members are elected for four-year terms. The Council sets Town policies, enacts ordinances and appoints the town manager. The town manager administers the daily operations and programs of the municipal government through the department heads, other staff members and employees. 

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Garner Cancels In-Person Independence Day Celebration: TV Program Planned; Fireworks May Be Rescheduled

Post Date:05/20/2020 3:16 PM

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as uncertainties about future directives from the Governor’s Office concerning the phased reopening of the state, the Town of Garner has decided to cancel its traditional July 3rd Independence Day Celebration. The Town is hoping to reschedule the fireworks portion of the celebration for later in the year, but no final decision has been made.

Instead of the traditional in-person celebration—which historically has included fireworks, food vendors, kids activities and a performance by the North Carolina Symphony—the Town is planning to work with Garner-based Show N Tell Ministries to produce a television/video program that would feature Broadway stars, the 82nd Airborne Band, a Salute to the Troops and greetings from Mayor Ken Marshburn and Town Council Members. This program would be broadcast on the Town’s public, educational and governmental television channel starting on July 3 and also would be available on demand on the Town’s YouTube channel (

In addition, the Town is arranging to have an aircraft fly in a loop over Garner displaying a banner with an Independence Day message to residents.

Town staff presented this alternative celebration plan to the Town Council at its May 19 meeting, and the Council approved the proposal. Staff and Council believe this option will maximize opportunities to celebrate Independence Day while keeping staff and residents safe during this challenging time.

More details about this alternative celebration—and about any rescheduling of the fireworks show—will be shared as they become available. You can look for these details on the Town’s website, as well as on the Town’s various social media accounts.

Stay safe.

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