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Details of July 4th celebration announced at council meeting

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Monett's celebration of the nation's birthday will return to July 4 this year. Details of the plan were announced at the April Monett City Council meeting.

Brittie Oakley, the treasurer for Freedom and Fireworks, Inc., said the celebration will be held on one day only this year, falling on a Wednesday. Tentative plans call for moving the celebration from the main field of the park to the soccer fields on the lower east end of the park.

The advantage of the relocation, Oakley said, is the vicinity will be wired for vendors following the Jaycees carnival. The former pole yard, south of the soccer fields, has been cleared and is now open for parking, which has been difficult to find on the upper level.

Live entertainment is planned. Activities will begin at noon and run until the fireworks display.

Serving on the Freedom and Fireworks committee are Jon Hagar, Amanda Stokes, Chris Unzner, Julie Buttler and Oakley. Most committee members last year were also Jaycees, but Oakley said anyone is welcome.

Donations of $10,000 have already been pledged for this year's fireworks. Oakley said a fundraising campaign will start shortly to bring the total to $12,000 to guarantee the quality of the show, plus another $2,000 will be needed as a down payment on the 2013 festivities. Funds are kept in an account managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

Donations can be sent to Freedom and Fireworks, PO Box 397, Monett MO 65708.

All interested people are welcome to attend Freedom and Fireworks committee meetings, Oakley said. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at Mocha Jo's in downtown Monett.

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