The event takes place at the Purdy High School baseball field with games, delicious food and lots of fellowship. This year's menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob popcorn and homemade ice cream.
Purdy's Fourth of July celebration began in 2006 when the First Baptist Church of Purdy hosted a cookout and fireworks display. Each year, the event grew with more and more people participating.
"The response was exciting," said Tony Martin, pastor of the Purdy First Baptist Church. "We had such a turnout with many positive comments from the community."
Festivities were moved to the baseball field two years ago to accommodate the big crowds, and local businesses and individuals have donated money to pay for the fireworks this year. The free supper is provided through local churches and the Purdy Ministerial Alliance.
According to organizers, the popularity of the community Independence Day Celebration is just another sign of Purdy's renewal.
Area residents who plan to attend Purdy's Independence Day Celebration are reminded to bring their lawn chairs and a big appetite.
Other area celebrations
* New Site Baptist Church in Monett will hold a Summer Celebration on Friday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks show, music and hot dogs will be included in the free event. New Site is located on Farm Road 1060 off Highway 60 west of Monett.
* "Sky High Fourth of July" will take place on Sunday, July 4 at the Marionville City Park. Beginning at 5:30 p.m, concessions, sponsored by the Marionville Fire Department, will be available for a small fee. The celebration will continue at 6 p.m. with a community-wide church service, sponsored by the Marionville Ministerial Alliance. Music will be provided by talented local artists, and local Boy Scouts will conduct a retiring of the flag ceremony followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m. For more information about the event, call Marionville City Hall at 417-258-2466.
* The Seligman Chamber of Commerce will host a fireworks celebration on Saturday, July 3 starting at 6 p.m. at the Seligman Community Building. Music will be provided by Judy Holt and Fred Devore and friends, and there will be games and a cake walk. The Duane Corn Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 5 p.m. Fireworks are free, but there will be a charge for food and drinks. For more information about the horse shoe tournament, contact Bobby Corn at 417-662-3238 or 417-662-3600.
* Shell Knob's Fire & Thunder Fireworks display will be held on Sunday, July 4. The show will be fired from the same general location used last year - about one mile east of the Shell Knob Bridge at around 9:30 p.m. With the help of North American Marine Industries, MariCorp U.S., Lakeshore Construction and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the fireworks will be shot at lake level. Great viewing locations are available by land and water. In the event of inclement weather, the display will be held on July 5.
* The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will hold the Fired Up and Smokin' fireworks show on Saturday, July 3. Fireworks will be shot from a location near the Table Rock Bridge in Eagle Rock. There is no admission costs for the show, which will begin at dark. Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano firefighters and first responders will serve barbecued pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches with baked beans and potato salad near the Eagle Rock Marina beginning at 11 a.m. The fireworks can be viewed from various locations around the Highway 86 Bridge or the Eagle Rock Campground and Marina. For more information, call Eagle Rock Fire Station #1 at 417-271-3642.
* Chapel of the Ozarks will host a Fourth of July celebration at the Rocky Comfort City Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. The event will offer a devotion by Bro. Rocky Milsap. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish and their lawn chairs. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call Chapel of the Ozarks at 417-652-3709 or Danny Looney at 417-499-8004.
* Mt. Vernon's Red, White and Boom celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in Underwood Park on Friday, July 2. Concessions open at 6 p.m. and the Short Notice Band will begin playing at 7 p.m. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. Free swimming will be offered at the Mt. Vernon pool in conjunction with the festivities from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Mt. Vernon City Hall at 417-466-2122.