Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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July 2, 2014

Independence Day events slated locally

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Area residents will celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways, including a traditional fireworks display at Lake Jacksonville and a Rusk parade.

The lake display begins at 9:15 p.m. Friday, according to planners. This year, however, the display's point of origin has been moved from Boy Scout Point, where it has been held the past several years, to a floating barge on Lake Jacksonville constructed just for this purpose, said Russell Edwards of the lake association that sponsors the annual event.

The barge will be located off the northwest corner of the island located in Lake Jacksonville, just north of Boy Scout Point. Revelers are invited to watch from the water and the shore.

The Cherokee County Republican Party Club will host its 10th annual July 4th picnic at Love's Lookout, north of Jacksonville on U.S. Highway 69, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Guest speakers include Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy. Music will be provided by Boogie Butt Productions.

Visitors are asked to bring a covered dish for a potluck meal, along with chairs for seating. Meat, drinks, ice and service-ware will be provided by the club. For more information, call 903-393-8791.

On Thursday, Julie Duren State Farm Agency will host an Independence Day Appreciation celebration from noon to 2 p.m. at its 322 Neches St. office. The agency will provide hot dogs and lemonade for visitors.

In Rusk, the Rotary Club will host the city's annual 4th of July Parade, which has the theme “God and Country” this year. Local pastor Donald (Don) Earl Copeland serves as Grand Marshal of the parade, for which opening ceremonies kick off at 10 a.m. Friday on the west courthouse lawn with a welcome by Mayor Angela Raiborn.

Other events include a 9:45 a.m. homemade ice cream contest and the Sixth Annual Gauge Lankford Memorial Firemen's Competition following the parade.

Drawings will be held throughout the day for free prizes; the Rotary Club also will hold a drawing for a 60-inch Samsung LED TV, with tickets available at Austin Bank, Texas National Bank or any Rusk Rotary Club member.

Alto Community Fellowship Church will host a fireworks display Friday, beginning at dark. The church – located on U.S. 69 south of the Texas 21 intersection – will provide food and beverages for visitors, as well.

The City of Palestine will host a fireworks display Friday at Steven Bennett Park. While the show begins at dark, concessions will be provided from 5 p.m. on. A music simulcast for the display can be heard on station 98.3 KYYK. For more information, call the Palestine Parks & Recreation Dept., 903-731-8435, or visit www.cityofpalestinetx.com.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens on Friday.

The center will be open for regular paid visitation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission for the fireworks show will start at 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to fish in the stocked casting pond until 8:30 p.m. No license is required to fish, and bait and tackle are furnished for free.

The fireworks display begins at approximately 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and people are encouraged to bring picnics. KCKL (FM 95.9) will broadcast patriotic music during the show.

Parking is available in the main TFFC parking lot and in an overflow parking area on Peninsula Point Road. Persons using the overflow parking area may enter through Gate C, across the street from the parking area.

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