Community offers variety of 4th events
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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There are five public venues in Bradley County to celebrate the United States of America’s 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence July 4.

There is a celebration for everyone’s taste, whether it is a parade, gospel and patriotic singing, old-fashioned picnics or fireworks.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with a choice between a parade through Ridgewood subdivision and His Hands Extended’s 4th of July Freedom Celebration.

Ridgewood subdivision, located off Freewill Road invites everyone to join in the sixth annual July 4th parade.

Adults, children of all ages and pets join in the fun of dressing up in red, white and blue. Decorated bikes, antique cars, golf carts and even lawnmowers will join in commemorating the Fourth.

The Sons of the American Revolution are a significant and meaningful part of the parade. Dressed in period attire, the men march in representation of the U.S. heritage.

The United States flag is carried by a neighborhood resident who dresses in soldier combat uniform specific to an earlier U.S. war.

The likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Lindbergh, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Uncle Sam, The Statute of Liberty, the “Independence Day Pup,” and “Polyester Sisters” might join the procession.

The parade proceeds from the rear of the subdivision to the front onto Stately Oaks, where neighborhood veterans are honored with songs, poems and recognition. Watermelon eating ends the patriotic festivities in the cul-de-sac on Stately Oaks.

Parade lineup begins at the rear of the neighborhood on Sourwood Trail at 9:45 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m.

“If you are not able to participate, come watch and wave as the parade passes by,” Homeowners Association President June McDonald said. “Bring a lawn chair and come join us in the fun of celebrating the 4th of July.”

For directions and any questions, call Deborah Flower at 476-3907 or June McDonald at 650-6570.

His Hands Extended

Fourth of July Freedom Celebration

His Hands Extended’s 4th of July Freedom Celebration returns to the First Baptist Church at 1275 Stuart Road.

The singing begins at 10 a.m., featuring the Voices of Lee, directed by Danny Murray; the First Baptist Choir, directed by Tyler Brinson; and First Baptist Orchestra, conducted by Jim Burton.

The annual celebration has grown since Max Morris and the World Wide Prayer Partners started it 14 years ago.

Local veterans will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Andrea Dismukes will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Morris will host the event.

“At the end of the program we’ll put the choir, orchestra and Voices together and do a finale,” Murray said.

“It’s a moving morning of inspirational and patriotic music. It’s a great time for people to come out and celebrate our freedom.”

He said the program begins promptly at 10 a.m. and everyone will be out by noon in time to drive south to Waterville Baptist Church at 3722 Dalton Pike S.E.

Waterville Baptist Church

Activities begin at 1 p.m. at Waterville Baptist Church with softball and volleyball games that are open to all teams.

Any Sunday school class, neighborhood or group that can form a team is welcome to play. The volleyball will be played with four members on each team.

Watermelons will be served at 3 p.m., followed by seed-spitting contests at 3:30 p.m.

The old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration continues with sack races, three-legged races, tug of war and other traditional picnic games until 6 p.m.

Supper is served at 6 p.m. under a 40-by-60 foot tent, where there will be plenty of covered space to eat hotdogs and condiments provided by the church.

Members of the congregation are bringing traditional picnic foods such as potato salad, baked beans and desserts.

The By The Way bluegrass band begins at 7:30 p.m. The band is comprised of musicians from The Mercy River Band, The Bluegrass Travelers and the Liberty Boys and other members known for their harmonious vocal blend and musical prowess.

Ivan Mcnelly sings lead and baritone vocals along with Eric McNelly on guitar, who also sings lead and baritone vocals. Junior Peak is the tenor and Keith Greer plays the mandolin and shares lead vocals. Cullis Orr shares lead vocals and plays the harmonica. Ronnie Richmon plays the banjo, Hannah Mcnelly plays fiddle, and Nathan Mcnelly and Riley Peak both play guitars.

The music gives way to a 15-minute fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Mount Olive Ministries

Freedom Celebration

Mount Olive Ministries will light up the skies above Bradley Square Mall again this Fourth of July, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The 2013 Freedom Celebration is sponsored by Larry Hill Ford and Larry Hill Imports. It will be synchronized to patriotic music broadcast by MIX 104.1.

The 15-minute show includes shells of up to 6-inches. The fireworks will be launched in front of the T. L. Lowery Center from where they should be visible from a wide area beyond the mall.

The Cleveland Police Department will direct traffic in and out of the mall. All traffic will exit making only right turns from the parking lot onto city streets.

Pyro Shows, the same company that does Riverbend, is producing the Cleveland show.

This is the third year the church will hold the fireworks display at the mall. The Cleveland Fire Department produced a display for years until new state law forced them to quit.

ERic watson’s

July 4th Fireworks

State Rep. Eric Watson is sponsoring the 27th Annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Howard Thompson’s Flea Market on U.S. Highway 64 east of Cleveland.

The hour-long display, which also begins at 9:30 p.m., follows live gospel and bluegrass music beginning at 7 p.m.

The musical lineup features bluegrass band Barefoot Nellie & Co., and Eric Watson & Reunion Friends, which brings together members from The Tennesseans and Tennessee Harmony.

This and other events will be remotely broadcast on 104.1 FM or for uninterrupted coverage from Howard’s Flea Market, tune to 87.9 FM.

Bring an appetite, lawn chairs or let the tailgate down on the pickup truck and evening of fun and celebration of American Independence.


Fifty-six of the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Independence Hall, completed in 1753 for the colonial legislature for the Province of Pennsylvania, is 260 years old.

Thomas Jefferson, between June 11 and June 28, 1776, drafted the Declaration of Independence. It is the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson’s most enduring monument.

Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. According to the National Archives website, “the political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers.

What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in ‘self-evident truths’ and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.”

Declaration of Independence

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

“Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

The full text of the Declaration of Independence is available online at: