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July 2, 2014

Several weekend events planned around county

Athens — On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

This most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues across the county.

Check out some of the happenings in Henderson County this weekend:

Athens

• Join the Henderson County Criminal Defense attorneys  who will be reading the Declaration of Independence on the west side of the courthouse square on Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m.

• The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) will be Friday, July 4.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and people are encouraged to bring picnics. KCKL (FM 95.9) will broadcast patriotic music during the show.

Pets, alcohol and private fireworks, including “snap caps” and sparklers, are not allowed. TFFC is a tobacco-free facility, and smoking or the use of tobacco products is not allowed on the premises.

It is sponsored and paid for by the City of Athens, local businesses and individuals. The fireworks is a Keep Athens Beautiful event.

• Show your patriotism and enjoy the 18th annual Bradley Street 4th of July Parade. Decorate your wagons, strollers and bicycles, fly your flag or just sit along the curb and enjoy the festivities.

The Bradley Street Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4.

Homemade ice cream, cookies, watermelon and hot dogs will be served following the parade. Bring your favorite snack, dessert or holiday dish.

Special music and a salute to veterans will follow the parade. Call Rita Curington at 903-675-2584 for more information.

• Athens Life Fellowship will host Freedom Fest Friday, July 4th.  The events start at 5 p.m., and will include live music, entertainment, cotton candy, snow cones, water slide, bounce houses and fireworks.

• The First Annual Blues Concert will be held on the courthouse square lawn. The event is free to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Two national blues recording artists will be performing, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon and Zac Harmon.

Chandler

• There will be an Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration at Winchester Park on July 4th beginning at 7 p.m.  Enjoy a patriotic children's parade, watermelon, hot dogs and fireworks.

Gun Barrel City

• This July 4th weekend, Gun Barrel City will once again host its annual July Fest and Concert. It will be a fun-filled weekend for the entire family, capped by a concert by Vanilla Ice and the Casey Donahew Band.

The festival takes place July 3-5. There will be a carnival, Family Fitness Independence Day 5K, car show and a huge fireworks show.

Tickets can be purchased at Gun Barrel City Hall or online at gunbarrelcityfestival.net.

Moore Station

• Celebrate your Fourth of July at Moore Station's annual parade on Saturday, July 5. The parade starts at Central High School. The events for the day include a BBQ Cook-off and singing. Vendor booths include snow cones, turkey legs, fried fish, sausage on-stick, cakes, pie and jewelry.

For parade time and directions, call 903-681-2767.

Payne Springs

• The 11th annual "Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show" will be even bigger and better this year. The only air show in the southwest held over water, the show has become the biggest event held in Henderson County.

The planes fly right down the center of a good part of Cedar Creek Lake, with the stunts and aerobatics performed in front of the Pinnacle Clubhouse.

If you have a boat, you can watch the show at no charge, and get the thrill when some of those planes come in over your boat at 500 feet.

The show features old-time planes and new jets and surprise acts you don't always see in this part of the country. Watch our website for updates on show performers. Tickets to the VIP area at Pinnacle can be purchased on our website or at the Pinnacle Club.

For ticket information, call 903-451-3291. The air show starts at 6:45 p.m. on July 5.

Seven Points

• There will be fireworks in Seven Points on Friday, July 4  behind City Hall. The party will begin at 6 p.m. with  food, karaoke and fun. The evening will end with a fireworks display.

 

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