Independence Day Celebrations Planned for 38002

Holidays Start Off with a Bang with Fireworks on June 28

In Lakeland and Arlington, the focus is on families this Fourth of July. Planned celebrations in both communities feature fireworks, picnics, and children’s parades, among other activities.

fireworks event_logo_2014The Town of Arlington will present the Second Annual Star Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28 at the Arlington Sports Complex on Memphis-Arlington Road between Gerber Road and Milton Wilson. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm with live music from Super 5.

“Last year’s Star Spangled Spectacular was a tremendous success, and thanks to the hard work of our committee members, Arlington Parks and Recreation Director, Kevin Carter, the Arlington Fire Department, the Public Works Department, and Town Hall staff, we are expecting another successful event,” says committee member Brian Thompson.

“There is no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than to be surrounded by friends, family, and community members with fun, food, and fireworks. We invite the entire Arlington community to join the festivities.”

This year’s food vendors will include Arlington Community Schools sports teams, including the Arlington High School soccer and volleyball teams, Arlington Lacrosse, as well as the Arlington Community Council PTA. Available menu items will include BBQ, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, pronto pups, funnel cakes, and more.The fireworks show will begin after dark, estimated to be around 9:15 pm.  The first 1,000 kids will receive a free pair of 3-D fireworks glasses. A raindate has been scheduled for June 29.

Memphis-Arlington Road will be closed during a portion of the evening, between approximately 8:30 and 9:30 for safety reasons.  In addition, no fireworks, grills or open fires, or glass containers will be allowed.

Parking will be limited; attendees are asked to consider walking or carpooling.  Handicapped parking will be available at the Sports Complex.

On Friday the fourth of July, Trustmark Bank, Cotton Cabin, Scott’s Nursery, the Shelby County Sheriff, and Windward Slopes will host the eighteenth annual Children’s Independence Day Parade in Lakeland. Children are encouraged to decorate their favorite “float” and join other patriots in this celebration of our nation’s birth 238 years ago.

Parade participants are asked to gather at 9:30 A.M. in front of 9677 Cutter Lane. The parade will start at 10:00 AM. The route proceeds through Windward Slopes along Cutter Lane turning right onto Leeward Slopes; then left on Lighthouse Lane to Windward Slope. The parade will continue on Windward Slope to Trustmark Bank, where refreshments will be served to all.

The Arlington Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the Arlington Chapter of the APTA, will be on Friday July 4, from 9:30am until noon at Hughes-College Hill Park (on Chester Street ). A Children’s Parade through the park is scheduled for 10:00 am; a Most Patriotic Family Contest will be held after parade.

Bicentennial Dress. Photo Courtesy of Arlington Chapter and Rachel.H.K. Burrows Museum.
Bicentennial Dress. Photo Courtesy of Arlington Chapter and Rachel.H.K. Burrows Museum.

The APTA will also include a special “4th of July” exhibit during its regular monthly hours on July 19. Objects on display include Rachel Burrow’s dress (pictured right) from the Bicentennial Celebration in Arlington in 1976.

For the Do-It-Yourselfers out there, be aware that restrictions on the use of fireworks for private holiday celebrations this Fourth of July vary according to location.In unincorporated Shelby County and the City of Lakeland, the use of all fireworks, including “consumer” or “novelty” is prohibited.  The Town of Arlington allows for the discharge of fireworks only during designated times–for the Independence Day holiday, those hours are from 10:00 am until 10:30 pm on July 4.

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