The Fourth of July Committee (FJC) announced this week that 19-year-old Knoxvile native Emily Ann Roberts will headline this year's celebration.
Roberts is probably best know as a runner up in season nine of "The Voice" in 2015 after performing with Blake Shelton, Ricky Skaggs, and was mentored by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.
She's also had two number one hits on the country iTunes charts and two top-10 hits on the all genre iTunes charts. She also had a #3 hit on the U.S. Christian Billboard charts with "In the Garden" and a #4 hit on the Country Billboard charts with "Burning House."
The FJC is chaired this year by Sarah Trent and co-chaired by Sandra Lewis who is also entertainment coordinator.
Lewis told the Times-News Thursday that Roberts was chosen in response to feedback from past celebration attendees.
“She seems to be excited to do it because I think this is her first headlining gig,” Lewis said. “She’s always been an opener, and we’re giving her an opportunity because our fans and our loyal people also wanted a younger entertainer this year. All we’ve heard is we want somebody younger, somebody new, somebody up and coming.”
Roberts performance will be preceded on July 4 by a full day of free live musical performers as usual at the Rogersville City Park amphitheater.
Among the other groups set the to perform July 4 include the Aaron Walker Band, Left Me Blank Band, The Rhythm Revue, Taylor Barker, and the Benny Wilson Band.
Many of the usual attractions are planned including a large variety of food booths, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free swimming all day, and a massive fireworks show when the headliner's performance ends.
As usual, a "Firecracker 4K" road race is being planned for the morning of the fourth, and the festivities will kick off with a parade downtown. More information about the parade will be released closer to the event
Another element of this year's celebration is the annual "Fiddlin' for the Fourth" youth music competition which will likely be held at Rogersville Middle School on June 30.
Fiddlin's for the Fourth is open to all musicians 18 and under with competitions for fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Contestants can enter for free, and you can check the "Rogersville 4th of July" Facebook page or online at www.rogersville4thofjuly.org.
At this time there is not sponsor for the Kids Zone which offers free inflatable bouncy houses for children. Anyone interested in sponsoring the Kids Zone is encouraged to call Lewis at (423) 231-4254.