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July 2, 2014

Residents celebrating Independence Day across Hunt County

Events scheduled Friday and Saturday

GREENVILLE — Events are scheduled across the area this weekend in celebration of the Independence Day holiday, including fireworks displays, parades, races, pancakes, watermelons and tamales.

— Activities will be taking place all day Friday in Greenville, beginning at 6 a.m. with registration for the Firecracker 5K race. The race starts at 7 a.m. in the Park Street Baptist Church parking lot, with a Kids 1K fun run starting at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

— There is a free pancake breakfast scheduled at Park Street Baptist Church between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Friday.

— The 18th annual Park Street Fourth of July Parade and Patriotic Program, presented by the Park Street Historical Association, will take place Friday morning. Parade participants will line up at the “trolley turnaround” at the east end of Park Street, starting at 8:30 a.m. The parade itself begins at 10 a.m. and will proceed west to Kavanaugh United Methodist Church.

 Anyone wishing to walk or ride in the parade — including adults, children and their pets — are encouraged to dress up and participate. A Greenville Police Department color guard will begin the parade, which is also expected to include bands, floats, wagons, motorcycles, antique cars, equestrian entries, marching groups and more

This year’s parade Grand Marshal is Mrs. Anita McClain, Park Street’s longest resident. She will lead the parade and help judge all parade entrants for trophies, being awarded for the first time this year.

— The Patriotic Program in the Kavanaugh church sanctuary immediately follows the parade, with free watermelon available afterward.

— The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department and L-3 Communications Mission Integration Division are hosting the Greenville Patriotic Picnic 2014 at the Greenville SportsPark, 3601 Leo Hackney Boulevard. Visitors can bring their outdoor games, lawn chairs, sunscreen and their appetite for an evening of family-friendly entertainment, including food, live music, a kid’s zone packed with bounce houses and slides and a fireworks grand finale. The gates to the event are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m., with Green River Ordinance the featured musical entertainment. Parking is available at the SportsPark, Greenville High School and Low’s.  A free shuttle will be available from both the high school and Lowe’s.

— The Point Volunteer Fire Department annual Tamale Fest begins Friday at the at the Point Civic Center. Tamales, barbecue sandwiches and cold drinks will be served.

— The Annual Sparks of Freedom Celebration hosted by the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department and the Farmersville Community Development Corporation kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday at Southlake Park in Farmersville with free admission. Concessions, entertainment and a fireworks display are scheduled. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department and donations will be accepted.

— The Women’s Service Club sponsors a fireworks display at Heritage Park in Emory beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. There will be limited concessions in Robinson Station.

— The Commerce Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Independence Day celebration on Saturday evening. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Centennial Park/Eddie Moore Sports Complex, with entertainment from Diamond Jack & The Birthright Blues, followed by Cross Trails Band and Outta Hand. The Chamber will sell be selling concessions, with Alliance Bank is sponsoring and cooking. There will be a dunking booth, bounce houses, and the Kiwanis Club’s Bois d’Arc Train. The Chamber will also be selling glo-necklaces and bracelets and several other Chamber members will also have tables at the event. The fireworks display will begin around 9:30 p.m. The Chamber is encouraging everyone to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Commerce Food Pantry. Additional information is available at www.commerce-chamber.com or 903-886-3590.

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