A number of celebrations are planned near Monett to celebrate the July 4th holiday.
New Site in Monett
New Site Baptist Church, on Farm Road 1060 in rural Monett, will hold its Summer Festival on Friday. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be traditional picnic activities with picnic food such as hamburgers and hot dogs available, face painting, carnival games and inflatables from the Monett Area YMCA. A variety of live music will be provided by members of the church and other area musicians.
Fireworks will be held at dark on the south side of the church, starting between 9 and 9:20 p.m., depending on the darkness. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn.
Mt. Vernon will host its "Red, White and Boom" festival on Friday evening at the Spirit of 76 Park, north of the square. The theme will be "Friends, Family and Fun."
Free admission will be offered at the park swimming pool from 4 to 6 p.m. The food tent opens at 6 p.m., and activities get underway at 6:45 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by 65 South. Additional free activities will be provided by the Missouri National Guard.
Bus shuttle service will run until 8:30 p.m. from the John Taylor Senior Center at the south end of the park. Fireworks will follow at dark, after which buses will be available to take people back to the parking lot. CenturyLink is the fireworks sponsor.
A community celebration will be held on Sunday in Purdy, continuing the tradition started in 2006 by the First Baptist Church. A free barbecue dinner will be offered through the cooperative efforts of the Purdy Ministerial Alliance.
Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at the baseball field off Highway C, east of the high school. Games and face painting will be offered for the children.
A fireworks show will be presented at dark. Organizers ask those attending to bring lawn chairs and blankets but not bring outside fireworks.
Marionville will hold its celebration on Monday, July 4th in the city park. Concessions will be available beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a community church service at 6:30 p.m. Live music will follow from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. and include bands performing bluegrass, country and gospel music.
Scouts will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin after 9 p.m. when conditions are adequately dark.