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Clayton maps a July 4 celebration

This illustration shows how Clayton might use the high school campus for its July 4 celebration. Town illustration

CLAYTON — At a recent meeting, the Town Council saw how the town might use the Clayton High School campus for its annual July 4 celebration.

A map showed fireworks launching from the area that’s home to parking, tennis courts and the school’s softball field.

Parking would be in lots in front and beside the campus’ main buildings and in lots sandwiched between the football and baseball diamond.

Activities would take place on the football field, baseball field and practice field.

Mayor Jody McLeod liked that parking would be accessible from both Fayetteville and Robertson streets. “We’ve got different areas to get in and different areas to help get out,” he said.

Also, the high school is within easy walking distance of many homes, the mayor said. “Lots of families will be walking to this event,” he said. “Where we’ve had it in the past, that wasn’t really conducive.”

Amy Shearin, the town’s emergency management coordinator, said the high school campus had much to recommend it. “It checks many of the boxes we were hoping for: on-site parking, on-site launch location, as well public viewing that would be suitable on-site and off-site to give the public a variety of options,” she said.

Clayton dropped fireworks from its July 4 celebration when housing got too close to the launch site.

“This pleases me that we’re bringing this back,” Councilman Porter Casey said. “A lot of the town’s citizens have asked for this. I hope the citizens are pleased to see that Clayton’s having fireworks again.”