Monett's celebration of the July 4th holiday has become a two-day event, thanks to separate organizations planning for the occasion.
Festivities will be held at South Park on Sunday, July 4 with entertainment, a patriotic address and fireworks.
On Saturday, July 3, the Monett Lions Club will sell their traditional barbecued chicken dinners at the South Park.
One of two major fundraising events for the Monett Lions during the year, the chicken cooking and dinner sales usually coincide with the old-fashioned July 4th celebration on the date of the nation's birthday. However, when the holiday falls on a Sunday, the Lions prepare their meals on Saturday.
"Lions members want to go to church on Sunday morning, rather than cook chicken," said club spokesman Al Dohmen Jr.
The popular dinners will include one-half of a chicken, prepared with the familiar recipe, baked beans, chips, bread and a drink. The club will prepare 1,300 chickens this year. More than 25 Lions will be cooking and serving the meals.
Price of the meal will be $5.50 in advance or $6 on Saturday. Tickets are available at Top Hat Cleaners or from any Lions Club member.
Dohmen encouraged advance purchase of tickets. Two years ago the chickens sold out. Dinners will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the supply is exhausted.
Anyone purchasing a meal in advance is asked to pick up the food by 1 p.m. so that the remaining supply can be sold.
Meals can be picked up at a trailer, which will be set up at the top of the hill from the west entrance to the park, or by the barbecue facility across from the City Park Casino.
For more information, call Bob Davis, project chairman, at 235-6431.