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Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration still needs donations to pay for Wednesday's event

Jeff Bobo • Jul 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Wednesday’s Fourth of July Celebration offers a variety of free entertainment, attractions and fireworks. However, it’s not free to put on, and the event is facing a deficit of about $4,000.

That’s why the Rogersville Fourth of July Committee will be asking the pubic to chip in and make a little donation during the celebration.

Tables will be set up throughout the Rogersville City Park to collect donations.

Every year, the event attracts thousand of people to the park for live music, children’s games and attractions, a wide variety of food and fireworks at the end of the day.

Event co-organizer Sarah Trent said if everyone who attends donates a dollar, or a least the coins they get back after buying a snack from a vendor, that should cover this year’s deficit and hopefully give organizers a head start toward 2019.

T-shirts are also being sold at Oh Henry’s, the Rogersville Review and U-Save Drug Center for only $5 and will be available at the park the day of the event.

Trent noted that anyone who is still interested in being a food vendor or sponsor at the event can call Gerald Trent at (423) 272-8878 or Tim Lewis at (423) 923-3009.

The budget for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration is $40,000. The committee is nonprofit and runs solely on donations, which will be accepted at the merchandise tents at the park on July 4 as well as after the event.

Contributions can also be mailed to: Rogersville Fourth of July Committee, P.O. Box 334, Rogersville, TN 37857.

Rogersville celebration schedule

Wednesday’s Fourth of July Celebration events begin a 9 a.m. with the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the City Park, followed by the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street downtown at 11 a.m.

Free swimming at the City Park pool is from noon until 6 p.m., and the City Park opens at 1 p.m.

The Free Kidz Zone is from 2-8 p.m. with bounce house attractions and special surprises including visits by Disney Princesses courtesy of Once Upon a Party in Johnson City and free kid’s meal coupons courtesy of the Morristown Texas Roadhouse.

Live music on the main stage:

4:30 p.m. — Rythm Revue

5:30 p.m. — Left Me Blank

6:30 p.m. — The Benny Wilson Band

Headliner 8 p.m. — Emily Ann Roberts

Roberts is probably best know as a runner-up in season nine of “The Voice” in 2015 after performing with Blake Shelton and Ricky Skaggs. She was mentored by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.

She’s also had two No. 1 hits on the country iTunes charts and two Top 10 hits on the all-genre iTunes charts. She also had a No. 3 hit on the U.S. Christian Billboard charts with “In the Garden” and a No. 4 hit on the country Billboard charts with “Burning House.”

The celebration concludes with a massive fireworks display at 10 p.m.

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