Many celebrations are planned with fireworks around the bi-county area in the coming week to celebrate the nation's birthday, in addition to the big celebration at Monett's South Park on Wednesday, July 4.
The first event will be on Friday in Mt. Vernon at the Spirit of 76 Park. The 10th annual "Red, White and Boom" will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include live music by the band 65 South. The largest fireworks show in the event's history is planned at dusk.
The event is free. Handicapped parking is available at the John Taylor Senior Center. Shuttle service is available.
At the New Site Baptist Church, west of Monett, the annual celebration is planned for Sunday, July 1, beginning at 6 p.m. The event will have burgers, hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream, plus Sno-Cones and cotton candy. Activities will include inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting and balloon animals. Live entertainment will run through the evening until 8:30 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at dark, a church spokesman said, around 9 p.m. The event is free. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The church is located on Farm Road 1060, south of Highway 60.
Several communities are planning events for July 4. A general celebration is planned in Marionville, beginning at noon at the city park. Concessions will be run by the Marionville Fire Department. A free fine art exhibit will begin at 2 p.m. at the park. Artists interested in displaying their work should contact Jackie Johnson at 417-463-7447.
Live music at the park will include performances by Just Us, Sugar Tree, Pastor John and Mrs. Conn, Mindy Hubbard, Kathy Earnhart and Judy Lambeth, Gabrielle Harter and the Peters family. A community-wide church service will be offered by the Marionville Ministerial Alliance at 6 p.m. A flag retirement ceremony will also be held by the Boy Scouts.
Fireworks will take place at dark. The park is located on Highway 14, off of E. Benton Street.
The 37th annual Fire and Thunder fireworks display will be offered over Table Rock Lake at 9:30 p.m. in Shell Knob. Viewing will be ideal on the lake or from vantage points along Highway 39 or Highway YY.
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will offer the Fired Up and Smokin' Fireworks Show over the Highway 86 bridge at dusk. Activities will be held through the day at the Eagle Rock fire station #1, located a quarter mile west of the Highway 86 bridge, beginning at 11 a.m.
Additional celebrations are planned on Saturday, July 7. Fireworks will be a closing feature of the St. John's Lutheran Church picnic at Stones Prairie. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. during the picnic. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
The Body of Christ Outreach Ministries in Rocky Comfort will host a community fireworks display at the Rocky Comfort City Park. Refreshments will be served beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks are planned at dark.