Mount Olive, Flea Market fireworks shows still on go; other events eyed
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
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Fireworks at Bradley Square Mall and Howard Thompson’s Flea Market are still on schedule in spite of forecasts for a rainy Fourth of July celebration. Other outdoor celebrations will be last-minute decisions.

Waterville Baptist Church is moving the evening meal and music inside the church building. All other outdoor games and activities are canceled. Due to rain, activities at Waterville Baptist Church will begin with supper at 6 p.m.

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.

The fireworks show will be a last-minute decision.

Mount Olive Ministries Senior Associate Pastor James Sears said Tuesday that fireworks can be shot off in the rain, but not if lightning is present.

“It’s all in God’s hands now, which is a good thing,” he said.

Mount Olive Ministries and Howard Thompson both plan to continue with their fireworks shows as scheduled at 9:30 p.m.

The Mount Olive Ministries 2013 Freedom Celebration, sponsored by Larry Hill Ford and Larry Hill Imports, 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.

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.

Watson said this morning the fireworks show will still go on. If it's not raining, the music stage will be set up at Lloyds Used Cars, across Highway 64 from the flea market. In case of rain, the music will be moved into the flea market.

The evening will feature live entertainment, free food and a spectacular hourlong after-dark fireworks display.

“This legendary fireworks show is a tradition in the community,” Watson said, “I am happy to be able to continue the tradition. I hope everyone will turn out on July Fourth for this family-friendly celebration.”

This year’s musical lineup includes the popular bluegrass band Barefoot Nellie & Co., and Cleveland’s own Eric Watson and Reunion Friends with members from The Tennesseans and Tennessee Harmony. Music begins at 7 p.m. with the hourlong fireworks display beginning at dark.

Mix 104.1 will broadcast the show from Bradley Square Mall and a live remote from Howard Thompson’s and 87.9 will provide continuous, uninterrupted coverage from the flea market.

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

The parade through Ridgewood subdivision will be a last-minute decision. The procession travels 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.

For directions and other information, please call Deborah Flower at 476-3907 or June McDonald at 650-6570.

His Hands Extended’s 4th of July Freedom Celebration at First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Road, will be unaffected by rain.

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.

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.

The program begins promptly at 10 a.m. and everyone should be out by noon.