ATLANTA - With a sense of pride and tradition, Montmorency County residents and visitors are welcomed to celebrate the Fourth of July with a varity of festivities during the weekday holiday in Atlanta and Lewiston. The festivities also will continue throughout the weekend to accomodate visitors in Hillman, which will celebrate the Fourth of July thoughout the following weekend.
"We started planning different events starting around March. It was really important to us to celebrate on the fourth. I'm sure a lot of areas will hold festivities on the weekend, but in respect for our country we decided to have ours on the fourth," Marva LaMore of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce said.
On Wednesday, the Atlanta chamber will host a pig roat barbecue from 3-6 p.m. in the chamber parking lot, and the Fourth of July parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. Evening festivities will commence with fireworks starting at dusk at Atlanta Community Schools where live entertainment also will be provided starting at 7 p.m.
"It's going to be a fun day for the enitre family. We have some new things this year, including a barbecue and live entertainment. We have different activities spread throughout the day, there will be a lot of fun things to do," LaMore said.
Lewsiton Chamber also will celebrate on Wednesday with a celebration parade at 11 a.m., and will host a Fourth of July boat parade located at East and West Twin Lakes.
The Hillman Chamber of Commerce will host many events at the Brush Creek Mill, starting Friday and continue throughout the weekend with Mill River Days, and the Mill River Days Cruise starting at 6 p.m. at the village parking lot. On Saturday, the mill bridge walk will take place and will include arts and crafts from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and a concert from 7-11 p.m. The fireworks will be featured at dusk at Emerick Park, and Sunday will highlight the 19th annual Hillman Street Drags starting on Progress Street at 12 p.m.
"We wanted to plan acitivities when most people would be around. We knew we'd have a bigger crowd for fireworks over the weekend, it should be a wonderful time for everyone," chamber President Marsha Marquardt said.
Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5687.