A bright red vintage Mustang was among the many cars parked at Blondie’s in Grand Ridge near dusk Thursday as the store owners put on their traditional and free Independence Day celebration.

Donnie Edenfield parked his 1961 convertible model alongside the building and it drew admirers all evening. It has special significance to him, as it is the last of the many vehicles that his dad, Ronald, had restored before his death last year.

The Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department was in charge of the fireworks Thursday night; Billy Lipford was the headline entertainer at the parking lot party that began well ahead of the light show. On at least one tune, he engaged in a slow dance with a partner as he sang. Nearby, some youngsters were engrossed in creating chalk art images, while other kids made their own kinds of fun.

The town of Grand Ridge opened its ball park for parking as well as offering it as the launch point for fireworks. The community turned out in force to enjoy the show, and many kids frolicked in the town’s playground during the two-hour party that preceded the display.

Here are some scenes from the night.

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