By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – There’s more to the Fourth of July than food and fireworks.
Towns across the region are hosting events to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s a list of events happening this weekend:
• Two-day festivities: Oxford’s celebrations begin at 7 p.m. today at The Lyric Oxford with the Firecracker Bash, which includes a silent auction, Mr. and Mrs. America contest and entertainment by the Bouffants. It’s $25.
The Stars and Stripes on the Square 5K kicks off the events on Friday at 7:30 a.m, followed by a children’s parade at 9:30 a.m.
PMQ Magazine will host the Slice of Americana Pizza Competition from 10:30-3:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse. It’s $10.
The Grove on the Ole Miss campus will host children’s and family activities from 4-8 p.m., and there will be music by the LOU Community Band, Morgan Pennington, Big E and Jimmy Phillips & the Ruminators.
Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. from the Oxford-University Stadium, and premium stadium seats are $2.
For details, visit lou4thofjuly.com.
• 28th annual All-America City 4th of July Celebration at Fairpark: Music and activities kick off at 3 p.m. Friday in Fairpark at Tupelo’s annual celebration. The music line-up includes Strangers at 3 p.m., Kayla Shalon at 3:45 p.m., Feedback at 4:30 p.m., the Holy Ghost Electric Show at 5:15 p.m. and Bonfire Orchestra at 6:15 p.m. The Chris Weaver Band headlines at 7:15 p.m., followed by the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.
Call (662) 841-6440 for more.
• Movies, fireworks, more: Pontotoc kicks off its celebrations at 11 a.m. Friday with a children’s parade that will loop around downtown Pontotoc. At 6 p.m., festivities begin at Howard Stafford Park with a movie and splash pad fun, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
• July 4th at Jacinto Courthouse: Political candidates will speak on the historic grounds of Jacinto Courthouse starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. Chucalissa Indians will perform, too, and there will be arts and crafts and food. The museum will be open, and it includes exhibits on old farm tools and medical equipment. For more, call (662) 286-8662.
• Parade: The city of Booneville will celebrate America with a parade at 10 a.m. Friday.
• Dance: Kick up your dancing shoes at the Tishomingo Street Dance at 8 p.m. Saturday in Tishomingo.