Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 2, 2013

Lots of activities planned for the Fourth of July


— There will be lots of activities and events taking place Thursday to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The day begins with the 7th annual Pro-Troop Rally, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Cumberland County Courthouse.

This annual celebration includes a number of interesting and informative speakers as well as entertainment from Jay Fox, D.J. Garrison, “T” Shurmur, Terri Utsey and others.

The program will include a flag raising and flag folding ceremony, as well as recognition of all military branches.

At 9:30 a.m., children will line up at the Palace Theatre for the 11th annual Fourth of July Children’s Parade. Children of all ages are invited to join the fun and help celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States of America.

The parade, sponsored by the Crab-Orchard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, begins promptly at 10 a.m. and features children of all ages decked out in their patriotic dress parading down Main St. to the Crossville Depot. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes, trikes and wagons, or to take on the persona of George Washington, Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross or some other character from America’s past.

For those children too young to make the walk, parents or grandparents are welcome to pull their youngster in a wagon or push them in a stroller. Children’s battery-powered vehicles will be allowed; however, no gasoline-powered vehicles will be permitted.

For more information, call Lynn Speich at (865) 354-0809 or Charlotte Reynolds, at 484-2630.

The Pro-Troop Rally continues following the children’s parade, with a parade of veterans planned to follow the children for a portion of the parade route, so be sure to stay on Main St. as the festivities continue.

Local merchants will provide food, soft drinks and water free of charge.

Donations received will be for the a special veterans fund. Limited seating will be available, but those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information please contact Debbie at 248-1562.

The Lake Tansi Exchange Club will host its 26th annual barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sold out, at the Ms. Anna Belle O’Brien Pavilion next to the Thunderbird Recreation Center. Meals are only $8 each, or two for $15, and include half a barbecue chicken or smoked pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert. Meat plates without sides are also available for $5 each.

To pre-order, call 788-6721 or 788-1828 after 4:30 p.m.

The annual sale supports the club’s efforts in the prevention of child abuse.

Marine Sgt. Christopher Hancock and his family will be the guests of honor at the city of Crossville’s Fourth of July celebration. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with inflatables open for children. Hancock will be introduced by Carrie Hassler at 5:45 p.m. Following that will be an opening performance by Trackside Band and the gnZ Battle of the Bands finals at 6:45. The Southern Stars Brass band performs at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9.

July 4

Activities in the Glade

Thursday, July 4

7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Breakfast Buffet at Legends

12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Family Pool Party at Druid Hills Pool

1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pontoon Boat Cruise at Dartmoor Marina

1 p.m. Pontoon Boat Cruise at St. George Marina

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Mirror Lake Blast—Travis Rice Band - Nashville

(Music starts at 5:45 p.m.; Special Family Fun area, 3-8 p.m.)

4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Chef Jerry’s All American Special Buffet at Legends

8 p.m. Card Night at Stonehenge Grille

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. RobinHood Park Activities

(Join the crowd for fun, food and music by DJ Garrison - Commander Flashback, bring your own chair or blanket)

Dark Thirty (9:15 p.m.) Fireworks at RobinHood Park

(You can also see the Fireworks from the Legends lawn,

Full Beverage Bar will be available outside)

Friday, July 5

1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pontoon Boat Cruise at Dartmoor Marina

1 p.m. Pontoon Boat Cruise at St. George Marina

4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Special Comfort Buffet at Legends

Saturday, July 6

6 a.m. - 11 a.m. Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast at the CCC

8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Kids Fishing Tournament at Mirror Lake

(15 years and younger, bait available, prizes for largest fish, most fish

and casting; Bring your pole and tackle and join in the fun.)

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Craft Festival at 4-way Stop (over 80 crafters)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kids Zone at 4-way Stop (special kids’ area)

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Mr. Roger’s Kids’ Magic Show (kids’ area)

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Special Music by DJ Garrison (Craft Festival area)

(Bring your own chair or blanket)

4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Prime Rib Buffet at Legends

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Swing Street Big Band Dance at the CCC

(Call 484-3722 for pre-sale tickets for $13.75; $16.50 at the door;

Cash Bar will be available. Sorry, No Outside Beverages allowed.)

7 p.m. Music on the Patio at Stonehenge Grille

Sunday, July 7

7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Breakfast Buffet at Legends

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Craft Festival at 4-way Stop (over 80 crafters)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Special Music by Dennis Long (Craft Festival area)

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. An Afternoon of Gospel Music (Bring your own chair or blanket)

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Fish Fry at St. George Marina (With special marina/beach activities, including entertainment by DJ and Donna Garrison)

Free shuttle buses will run the Fourth of July, 4:30 p.m. - until after the fireworks.