By BRAD KELLAR
Greenville will be celebrating Independence Day with parades, a picnic, music and fireworks.
— The 19th Annual Buena Vista/Chapman neighborhood parade is again expected to kick things off at 9 a.m. July 4 in the 6300 block of Buena Vista. The parade — including walkers and bicycle riders, classic and antique cars and motorcycles — will wind its way through the neighborhood, often greeted by residents watching from their front yards. Refreshments will be served following the parade.
— The 17th Annual Park Street parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4, followed by a patriotic program and free watermelon at Kavanaugh United Methodist Church. More information about the parade can be found at www.parkst.org.
— The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department and L-3 Communications Mission Integration Division are hosting the Greenville Patriotic Picnic 2013 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 and kid’s zone packed with bounce houses and slides and a pie-eating contest, all capped by a fireworks grand finale.
The gates to the event are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m., with Nate Compton providing the live musical entertainment.