On The Go: Fourth of July events abound

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Barbecuing is one highlight of the annual City of Meridian Fourth of July Celebration at Bonita Lakes.



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Several events are planned around East Mississippi and West Alabama to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here’s a list of where you can go today to watch fireworks and parades and enjoy food, music and activities.

Kemper County Chamber of Commerce along with the Kemper Historical Society will have its July 4 celebration at the Kemper County Courthouse. There will be a presentation of the Sonny Montgomery Patriotic Award immediately followed by the unveiling of the new Rubin Kemper historical marker on the east side of the courthouse.

• Causeyville Community Club Freedom Fest, starting at noon. The Little Miss Freedom Fest pageant begins the activities, followed by a talent show. Bring your food, friends, and family, or enter a BBQ cook off contest. The kids can enjoy games, inflatables, water slides, live music, and fireworks. Are you a firefighter? There is a BBQ cook-off just for your fire station. Come claim the title of “Most Smokin Firehouse.”

City of Demopolis, Alabama, will have Freedom on the River 2019 from 3-10 p.m. at Demopolis City Landing. Food vendors, children’s games, children’s patriotic parade, and fireworks.

• City of Meridian Fourth of July Celebration at Bonita Lakes, Gates open at 3:30 p.m., food vendors open at 4 p.m. Fireworks show, food, entertainment. Music by Kenny Suire and Friends. Parking available at Bonita Lakes and Bonita Lakes Mall - Free Shuttle at Tuesday Morning parking lot starting at 5:30 p.m. FMI: 601-485-1944.

• Philadelphia: Calling all Kids! Jump Into July Kids Celebration Station with inflatable jumpers on the front lawn of Silver Star Resort Casino in Philadelphia. There will be a large movie screen in the Promenade, and refreshments from 5-7 p.m. Free event.

• Philadelphia: Fireworks Spectacular at Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia starts at 9 p.m. Free admission - open to all ages.

• Canton Balloon Fest 2019 - Celebrate America Balloon Glow at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, with country music artist Phil Vassar, opening act Burnam Road, 6-10 p.m. - Watch the hot air balloons glow at sunset and then our amazing firework’s show at the end of the night. The event is free and open to the public.

•The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience, will be host Mississippi Day: Oxford, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m on Saturday. Come and learn about four Mississippians featured at The MAX, with ties to Oxford which include William Faulkner, R.L. Burnside, Barry Hannah and Alysia Burton Steele.

There will be an Oxford Scavenger Hunt for kids and adults in the upstairs galleries. Get a free gift bag after you complete the hunt. Enjoy music and a talk by Greg Johnson, Blues Curator at the J.D. Williams Library at Ole Miss.

Writer Bob May will also be on hand to sign his latest book. Free refreshments will be available all day and kids can create free art projects at the free Make + Take Workshops from 10 a.m. until noon. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for youth, kids five and under free, as well as members. The MAX is located at 2155 Front Street.

The Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints is still going on at The MAX featuring the art of quilt-making with seven artists work displayed from the state and across the country.

Also on Saturday, don’t miss the opportunity to come to Earth’s Bounty from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Singing Brakeman Park located on Front Street by the train station. Choose from fresh local produce, canned goods, soaps, baked goods and hearing live entertainment as local farmers and vendors display and sell their wares. The Meridian Art Walk will be going on in conjunction with Earth’s Bounty where you can choose from great art and fun things to do.

Join the Red Hills Horse Show Saturday at 10 a.m. for judged and speed events at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center located at 1022 Hwy. 19 South.

Meridian Underground Music, will host its Independence Day Celebration from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and entertainment will be performed by local and out-of-state musicians and bands. MUM is located at 2220 8th Street.

Cheryl Owens contributed to this report.

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