As America’s 239th 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 5.
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. 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,” Potter said. “The most important thing we get out of July 4 is honoring those who have served us.”
In addition to these activities, Potter said there will be a tennis tournament, a cornhole tournament, home-run derby, food vendors and much more. All activities are free of charge.
“This is a need in our community,” Potter said. “Everybody loves to have special activities on the fourth of July.”
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, Potter asks everyone to stay away from the back side of the Recreation facilities for safety reasons.
Families are allowed to bring coolers and food out, but Potter 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 4 p.m. Sunday in Weeks Park. The Little Miss 4th of July pageant will be held at 4 p.m., the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will perform at 5 p.m. and The Switch Band will perform at 6 p.m. Food vendors, balloon man Smitty and inflatables will also be there.
The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Admission to this event is also free.