What to know for Independence Day celebration

Staff Writer

The Starkville Parks and Recreation Department will again host the annual Independence Day celebration at the Starkville Sportsplex.

Interim Parks Director Gerry Logan said the evening will be filled with live music, inflatables, food, and fireworks. Attendees are encouraged to wear their red, white and blue, grab a lawn chair or blanket, and bring their family and friends out to enjoy this SPRD tradition.

“This is our department’s largest community event, and we’re excited about the expanded vendor area and additional kids’ activities this year,” Logan said.

Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be six bounce houses available for children and plenty of space to bring frisbees, soccer balls, footballs, and more. The fireworks by Pyro Shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Pets are welcome, but not encouraged as the fireworks may startle them. If one chooses to bring a pet, they must remain on a leash for the entirety of the event, and owners must also pick up after their pets.

Vendors will include Kona Ice, popcorn from Pop Porium and Dreamland Kettle Corn, barbeque from Big Dawgs BBQ Station 26 and cheese fries and pulled pork sandwiches from Bin 612. Starkville Community Church will be providing free bottled water while supplies last. Indivisible Golden Triangle will be providing free voter registration. Children can get their face painted by Brittany Whitaker for $5.

A full schedule of Independence Day Celebration events includes:
• 5 p.m. Jumpers/Inflatables and Vendors Open
• James Redd – 5 p.m. (30 minute set)
• John Gholston – 5:35 p.m. (30 minute set)
• Matt McGarr – 6:10 p.m. (30 minute set)
• Brent Varner – 6:45 p.m. (45 minute set)
• SPRD Line Dancers – 7:30 p.m. (30 minute performance)
• Mayor’s Welcome – 8 p.m.
• D.J.-led dancing – 8:15-8:45 p.m.
• 8:45-9 p.m. – Announcements
• 9 p.m. – Fireworks

“Our stage will be packed with performances for the duration of the event, so there will be plenty of entertainment for everyone,” Logan said. “It should be a fantastic family event.”

Logan said he wants to give a special thanks to all sponsors, including our stage sponsor Paul Davis.

For more information, including traffic or parking maps go to www.starkvilleparks.com or visit their Facebook event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor, please contact Gerry Logan at glogan@starkvilleparks.com or 662-323-2294