Your guide to Independence Day celebrations

Ready to have some fun this weekend? Here are some of the public Fourth of July events scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday across Northeast Mississippi:

All-America City Fourth of July Picnic in the Park
- What: Fireworks, music, kids’ events, food
- When: Noon Saturday; music starts at 3:45 p.m.
- Where: Ballard Park, Tupelo
- Entertainment lineup: 3:45 p.m., Stone Lizard; 5 p.m., Louisiana’s LeRoux; 6:30 p.m., Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy; 8:15 p.m., Tupelo Symphony; 9:30 p.m., fireworks
- Info: (662) 841-6440 or tupeloparkrec.com

Jacinto Festival
- What: Music, political speaking, dances, arts and crafts, antique car show, courthouse tours, food
- When: Saturday
- Where: Jacinto Courthouse, Jacinto
- Jacinto Festival schedule: 9 a.m. – Opening ceremony; 9:30 a.m. – Music; 10:30 a.m. – Civil War Drummer Boy program; 11 a.m. – Native American dance; 11:30 p.m. – Political speaking; 1:30 p.m. – Civil War Drummer boy program; 2:30 p.m. – Native American dance
- Info: (662) 286-8662

Oxford-Lafayette-University
- What: Two days of events, including parade, street dance and fireworks
- When: Saturday, Sunday
- Activities: Saturday – 8 a.m., Stars and Stripes on the Square 5K Classic; 9 a.m., Family Fun Run; 10 a.m., Kid Friendly Independence Day Parade on the Square; 11 a.m., 150th anniversary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church; 7-9 p.m., street dance on the Square. Sunday – 3 p.m.
- Interdenominational Spiritual Service at Paris-Yates Chapel; 4 p.m., Family Picnic in the Grove; 6 p.m. Independence Day ceremony, Grove, followed by live music; 9 p.m., fireworks over Oxford-University Stadium.
- Info: www.oxfordms.net

Pontotoc celebration
- What: Parade, food, fireworks
- When: Saturday
- Activities: Parade down Main Street, 10 a.m.; BBQ cookoff, basketball and volleyball tournaments, 3 p.m. at Howard Stafford Park; fireworks over Howard Stafford Lake, 9 p.m.
- Info on tour cookoff, tournaments: (662) 489-1882

Downtown Aberdeen
First Saturday
- What: Parade, music, food, games, inflatable jumpers.
- When: Saturday
- Activities: Patriotic parade, 10 a.m., with activities through 3 p.m. Saturday

Amory Fourth on the Third
- What: Music, inflatable jumpers, food. Patriotic Children’s Parade at 5:30 p.m.
- Patriotic program 6:30 p.m.
- When: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Frisco Park, Amory

Union County Freedom Celebration
- What: Music and food
- When: 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
- Where: Courthouse Lawn, New Albany
- Entertainment: Friday, Sam Mosley Bluez Fest; Saturday, Homegrown Rock-N-Roll; Sunday, Contemporary Christian at 2 p.m., followed by a community picnic and Southern Gospel Music around 5:00 p.m.
- Info: (662) 534-4354

Brewer Fourth of July Parade
- When: 9 a.m. Saturday
- Where: Starts at Brewer United Methodist Church
- Info: (662) 767-3545 or 757-9707

Midway Marina, Fulton
- When: Saturday
- Events: 8 a.m., flag raising; 9 a.m., fishing tourney; 5 p.m., potluck supper
Info: (662) 862-7306

Smithville Freedom Fest
- What: Music, concessions, inflatable jumpers, fireworks
- When: Saturday
- Where: Hwy. 25, Grounds of old Smithville Trouser building
- Carr-Vista is having a parade on July 3 (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m.

Carr-Vista Neighborhood Parade
- What: Parade
- When: 10:15 a.m. Saturday
- Where: Outside Verona; parade lines up on Carr-Vista Road, between Winfield and Lake Crest Circle. Participants are urged to decorate a bicycle, tricycle, wagon, golf cart, 4-wheeler or lawn mower. Watermelon after parade.
- Info: Call (662) 566-2434

Snow Lake Shores
- When: Saturday
- Where: 11 a.m., music; 9 p.m., fireworks
- Other events: Boat parade, children’s activities
- Info:
www.snowlakeshores.nett

Please feel free to add any events not listed in the comments below.

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