Rogersville BMA approves expanding Fourth of July festivities

Jeff Bobo • May 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The annual Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration has been expanded to five days this year, climaxing with the big July 6 festival in the City Park, which in recent years has attracted an estimated 50,000 people.

The main celebration in the park was moved from Thursday, July 4, to Saturday, July 6, mainly because it was less expensive to hire the main attraction artists that day.

This year’s feature entertainers include ACM new female vocalist of the year Jana Kramer and the multi-award winning Christian group the Newsboys.

But there will be plenty to do in downtown Rogersville the week before the big celebration, beginning with the Rogersville Heritage Association’s “Arts and Hors d’oeuvres” event scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 2, at the Hale Springs Inn. The event features the work of local artists on display to be enjoyed with gourmet “finger food” and beverages.

On the evening of Wednesday, July 3, the “Expecting God’s Help” prayer group will host an event on Rogersville Town Square featuring gospel music and recognizing local veterans. The event was described as a “patriotic, community-wide church service.”

The annual July 4 parade will be the following Thursday beginning at 4 p.m., followed by other downtown activities that are still in the planning stages including a possible patriotic dramatic performance.

On July 5, the Rogersville Downtown Association hosts a Cruise-In car show and live music.

And on Saturday, July 6, the action shifts to the City Park for a full day of activities and live music, concluding with a massive fireworks demonstration when the final concert ends.

Rogersville Fourth of July Committee chairman Dr. Blaine Jones presented the five-day July 4 celebration schedule to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its Tuesday, May 14, meeting.

“That way we’ve got Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to try and attract people to come to Rogersville, increase interest in our town, and get some publicity,” Jones told the BMA. “The other thing it does, it involves not only the Fourth of July Committee, but the Heritage Association involved the downtown merchants, the Rogersville Arts Council, Expecting God’s Help — there’s a bunch of different groups coming together to try to put this on.”

On Tuesday, the BMA was asked to approved that schedule, which will include blocking off Main Street at various times throughout the week. The new expanded July 4 scheduled was approved unanimously by the BMA.

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