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Several celebrations of Independence Day are scheduled this year in Lee County, with the earliest happening tomorrow. In fact, this weekend is when most of those celebrations occur. With the Fourth of July falling on Thursday of next week, those communities figured to get a jump on the midweek holiday. Baldwyn holds its annual Singing Flag at 8 p.m. on the steps of the First United Methodist Church Friday. The free event is at 312 West Main Street and will feature fireworks after the singing. The songfest is intended to honor and pay tribute to the nation’s birthday and to veterans, past and present. The public is urged to bring lawn chairs; singers rehearse at 6 p.m. If you are interested in singing, call 284-9278. Folks in Guntown can enjoy a daylong celebration of the nation’s independence beginning at 1 p.m. at its annual Independence Celebration in the Park on Saturday, June 29. It will feature a cornhole tournament, water slides and concessions. Political candidates will also speak Eric Nanney & 20 Mile will perform at 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. The event is free. Also on Saturday, the Friends of Nettleton will host its annual movie night at Goat Rye Park. “Aladdin,” the original animated version, will be shown beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the free movie. Concessions provided by the Friends include hamburgers and hot dogs beginning at 6 p.m. There is a charge for the concessions, with proceeds going to the Friends’ programs. The annual – and much anticipated – Brewer Fourth of July Parade happens next Thursday in the Brewer community. Lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Brewer United Methodist Church. The four-mile parade starts at 9 a.m. and is free to participants. All manner of entries are welcome, from floats to horses. Walkers are warned that the lengthy parade route and fast pace can be daunting since it is usually finished by 10 a.m. This is the 27th year for the event Saltillo’s Celebration at the Lake begins at 5 p.m. at Lake Lamar Bruce with political speaking. At 6 p.m. the Saltillo Circuit Riders take the stage, followed by Bonfire Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks, sponsored by Woodmen Life, start around 9 p.m. Throughout the event, DJ Kevin Russell will keep the fun going. Todd’s will sell hamburgers and hot dogs and there will be an ice cream vendor onsite. The event is free. The largest Fourth of July event in the region also occurs next Thursday at Ballard Park in Tupelo. The All America City Family Picnic in the Park begins at 4 p.m. There will be food and ice cream concessions and inflatables for the kids. Third Generation plays at 4 p.m.; Mojo kicks off its set at 5:10 p.m.; and Spazmatics performs at 7:20 p.m. The huge fireworks display starts at 9 p.m.

C. Richard Cotton

Freelance writer/photographer/editor/author

243 County Road 783

Saltillo MS 38866



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