As America’s 240th birthday rolls around, area towns and municipalities are gearing up for festivities to honor the nation’s freedom.
The City of Clinton, as well as the town of Newton Grove, have a day of fun-filled festivities planned for the annual Independence Day celebration. All events in Clinton will be held July 4, while the plan for Newton Grove is to have everything July 3.
According to Brenda Potter, special events coordinator for the Clinton Recreation and Parks Department, the city has many activities planned for area residents Saturday. The fun will begin when the Royal Lane pool opens at 12:30 p.m. for public swim. A variety of competitions, from the the greasy watermelon roll to boat relay races, will be held during the pool’s open hours.
A horseshoe tournament will be held at 3 p.m. and will be played in picnic area No. 1. Throughout the afternoon, Potter said, from 5-8 p.m., there will be inflatables for the children to have fun. The annual Woodmen of the World flag presentation and Veteran’s ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the flag located behind the main office. DJ Joey Warren will begin spinning at 5:30 p.m. The music will be moved to the inside of the Bellamy Center if rain falls.
“Our Veteran’s ceremony is a great way to honor our veterans,” Recreation director Jonathan Allen said. “The most important thing we get out of July 4 is honoring those who have served us.”
In addition to these activities, Allen said there will be a horseshoe tournament at 3 p.m. and food vendors will be available throughout the day. All activities are free of charge.
“We are trying to do more things this year and hopefully get more families out to enjoy the holiday,” Allen said. “That’s what the fourth is about — family.”
Rounding off the night, the fireworks will light up the sky at 9:30 p.m. In case of rain, a second date of July 5 has been set. During the fireworks display, Allen asks everyone to stay away from the back side of the Recreation facilities for safety reasons.
“First and foremost, we are concerned with safety,” Allen shared.
Families are allowed to bring coolers and food out, but Allen said there would be plenty of food vendors available.
“The only thing you need to bring is a blanket and a chair,” Potter stressed. “We want everyone to come out and have a good time.”
Newton Grove’s celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with the band Switch scheduled to perform. Food vendors and inflatables will also be there.
The fireworks show will begin around 9 p.m., at dark, and admission to this event is also free.
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