Letting Freedom Ring

Nashville Celebrates A Muggy Midweek Independence Day

A very happy birthday to America!

July 4, Independence Day, the 242nd anniversary of America declaring her independence from England, fell in the middle of the week for 2018, with a sweltering Wednesday marking the celebratory occasion.

In Nashville, the annual fireworks display, put on by volunteers from the Nashville Fire Protection District, with the aid of donors through the community, kicked off just after the sun went down.

Long before sundown, people were staking out spots on the shores of the Mill Ponds at Memorial Park, looking for a good place to see the fireworks from.

People crowded into Memorial Park, lining the banks of the mill ponds, and occupying the beds of pickups and even the roof of a minibus to watch the fireworks. The Bonnie Cafe and Dollar General parking lots, and the L&N Depot, where the Washington County Historical Society hosted a fireworks viewing party, also were crowded with people seeking the best spots to see the show.

Washington County act County Road Cruizers played before the fireworks at Memorial Park.

Fireworks weren’t the only entertainment on July 4 though. The summer concert, hosted by the Washington County Arts Council and usually scheduled on Thursday evenings, got bumped forward a day, and featured The County Road Cruizers “opening up” for the fireworks at Memorial Park. The concerts will return to the regular venue, the east lawn of the Washington County Courthouse, at 6 p.m., on the evening of Thursday, July 12, when Roaming Home will be playing.

Volunteers hard at work for Nashville American Legion Post 110 included, FROM LEFT, Kenneth Brehm, Tom McFeron, Allan Dahncke, Larry Harrison and Mike Kozan.

With all of the heat though, a cool drink, a popsicle or even a bite to eat would be nice – fortunately, Post 110 of the American Legion had free hot dogs, water, and chips for anyone who stopped by, along with a raffle for a .22 Henry “Golden Boy” (proceeds to benefit the Legion’s scholarships), and Lighthouse Community Church had a crew of volunteers out and about at the park as well – handing out popsicles, water and American Flags.

Volunteers from Lighthouse Community Church get ready to hand out water, popsicles and flags.

 

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