NEWTON GROVE — The celebration of America’s independence will continue Sunday at Weeks Park.
For many people who call Newton Grove home, the Independence Day Celebration is one of the biggest of the year and is a summertime tradition. It’s scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the park, 517 Clinton St., Newton Grove.
With the Fourth of July being on a Wednesday this year, Commissioner Teresa Wilson said the event allows residents and others nearby to enjoy the community event a few days later.
“It’s a great event for the community to celebrate our freedom,” Commissioner Teresa Wilson said. “It was planned on (Sunday) in hopes that a lot of the community will be safely back, off of vacations.”
One of the major highlights is the Little Miss Fourth of July Pageant, which is set for 5 p.m. During this portion of the event, contestants in different age divisions will compete with patriotic themed casual wear and answering a question on stage for the titles of Tiny Miss 4th of July (ages 3 to 5) and the Little Miss 4th of July (ages 6 to 10).
Dana Allen, pageant organizer is looking forward to the pageant which features children from Newton Grove and Hobbton District portion of Sampson County Schools. It took a hiatus for a couple of years, but it returned in 2017.
“There will be 11 beautiful contestants participating in the 2018 Little Miss 4th of July Pageant,” Allen said. “I am excited to keep this tradition going in Newton Grove. This event would not be possible without the support from our community.”
After the pageant came back last summer, Allen expressed how participants enjoy it becuase it’s a simple pageant, without a lot of pressure. Another goal is to boost the confidence of girls involved.
Following the pageant, festivities will continue throughout the park with food vendors, games and inflatable for children. At 6 p.m. live music will start when Mike MickXer takes the stage. The band entertains crowds with a mix of music such as reggae, rockabilly, R&B, country and old-time rock ‘n’ roll. Also known as the “The Trio of Triangle,” the group consist of guitarist and lead vocalist Mike Davis, keyboardist Mick Voiland, and percussionist Will Beaty. Bleecker Automotive Group sponsored music for the event.
A fireworks display, sponsored by Hog Slat, is scheduled to light up the sky at 9 p.m.
Mayor Gerald Darden said he wants everyone to attend an have a good time and enjoy the festivities.
“It’s good that the community can get together and celebrate the day,” he said. “I appreciate what everyone has done to make it come together.”
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