Monett's celebration of the nation's holiday will be held on Monday. Sept. 3, at South Park. Live music will be played through the afternoon, leading to fireworks around 8:15 p.m.
Freedom and Fireworks is hosting the event. Approximately 30 vendors who planned to offer games and food have been invited to set up on the soccer fields.
Gates will open for the official celebration on the lower level of the park off Waldensian Road at 11 a.m.
Vendors will be set up between the soccer field restrooms and the south parking lot. The stage for performances will be set up on the south parking lot, facing Highway 60. The primary parking area, with room for around 400 vehicles, will be in the old pole yard, south of the stage.
The music will begin with the local band All Taken, playing contemporary Christian music on the main stage from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The local bluegrass band Spur of the Moment will play from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
The main entertainer for the evening session will be Lain'z Hot Rod Gang, from the Branson-Kimberling City area. They will play classic rock from the 1960s through the 1980s from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Music will be provided between acts by Brent Beeson with Shockwave Mobile Entertainment.
The patriotic address will be given at 7:45 p.m. by Russ Hagar with the Missouri Army National Guard. A 2003 Monett High School graduate, Hagar joined the United States Army in 2002 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. He worked his way up to the rank of maintenance sergeant as crew chief of Apache helicopters. Hagar now works full-time for Army aviation flight activity in Springfield as crew chief overseeing three UH60 Blackhawk helicopters.
Hagar will speak on the history of patriotism and his family's experience in serving the nation. Hagar's grandfather was born in Monett in 1908 and family members have served as combat soldiers in the Army Forces back to World War II. He plans to address ways others can show their love of country and how to serve.
The fireworks display by A.M. Pyrotechnics will take place following the patriotic address, around 8:15 p.m.
Because of construction of the Monett Area YMCA building, the celebration is being moved to the lower level of the park. The upper level of the park will still be available for people who want to hike up to the park's main field. Distance restrictions from the launch area will still apply.
The Freedom and Fireworks Committee encourages people to set up blankets and lawn chairs on the soccer fields, where viewing will be ideal. No grills or tents will be allowed on the soccer fields.
The fireworks display has been made possible by many donations. Notable support has been provided by City of Monett and its electric department, Jack Henry and Associates, Dr. C. Bret Bowling and EFCO, a Pella company, for each donating at least $500 toward the fireworks' expense.