NEW ALBANY – Never accuse New Albany of being behind the times.
The community will stage a patriotic observance complete with hours of music, food and reflection with its annual Freedom Celebration o Saturday.
The free event will start at 2 p.m. on the Union County Courthouse lawn and continue until about 10:30 p.m.
New Albany traditionally hosts this celebration in advance of the actual Independence Day “because that way people can enjoy being with their family and friends on the Fourth of July, or they can go to other activities,” said Bethany Dalton, tourism director for the Union County Development Association.
Live music acts will represent a variety of genres – bluegrass, blues, classic rock, pop, country and gospel. The headliner will be Tupelo-based Spunk Monkees, whose repertoire includes songs from AC/DC, KISS, Queen and Stone Temple Pilots, along with several of their own originals.
At 5:30, the music will cease for a welcome by Dalton and several patriotic focuses. Veterans, current military personnel and emergency personnel in the audience will be honored for their service. The New Albany High School Junior Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps will present the colors and perform a rifle drill, and the audience will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Food vendors will include local restaurants, church youth groups and others.
Freedom Celebration is planned as a family-friendly event. With reminders and assistance from Keep New Albany/Union County Beautiful, it is also intended to be a litter-free observance.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tentative schedule is as follows:
2-2:15 p.m. Fredonia Baptist Church Children’s Choir
2:30-3:15 Rocky Ford String Band (bluegrass)
3:30-4:15 James Pirkle Blues Band
4:45-5:30 Alyson’s Rage (class rock, pop)
5:30-6 Welcome; posting of colors; Pledge of Allegiance; rifle drill (New Albany High School Air Force Junior ROTC)
6-7 Braden Gray (country)
7-8 Paid in Full (gospel)
8-8:45 White Horizon (rock/country)
9-10:30 Spunk Monkees
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