Cleburne County residents have a couple of Fourth of July celebrations to choose from this holiday; or they could attend both.
The city of Ranburne is kicking off the weekend with a town celebration on Saturday night. The city and area churches are sponsoring the event, which will include music, recognition of local military personnel, food, softball and fireworks.
The 4th Annual July 4th Town Celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ranburne Recreation Field, weather permitting.
Area musicians, including Ryan Robertson, Brent Merrill, Ashley Butler and the Ranburne Community Chorus, will begin performing at 6:30 p.m., said Ivy Gumbiner, an event organizer. During the program, the town will recognize all veterans and active military attending the celebration, she said.
Lance Merrill will be organizing a one-pitch softball tournament among the attendees, Gumbiner said. The fireworks should start at dark, she added.
The celebration is not a formal event and is being organized by local people for local people, to help foster a community feeling, Gumbiner said. It’s free to attend, including a meal, however the concession stand will be offering additional drinks and snacks for a fee, she said. The city of Heflin will start its Independence Day celebration on July 4th with a Salute to America parade at 9:30 a.m. Heflin police officer Jackie Stovall is scheduled to be the grand marshal of the parade down Ross Street. The parade will feature non-motorized vehicles such as bicycles, wagons and horses decorated for the day. There will be prizes for the best decorated bike, wagon and horse.
The rest of the day’s festivities will take place at the City Park beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a Duck Derby, waterslides, sand castle building, bingo and food. The Cleburne County Democrats will sponsor a watermelon seed spitting contest, said City Clerk Shane Smith.
At 7 p.m., Tennessee-based bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome will take the stage. Then at 9 p.m. the city will hold its annual fireworks show at the Heflin City Football Field.
For further information or to sign up for the parade, call 256-463-2290.
Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.