Rogersville 4th of July celebration to expand

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The Rogersville 4th of July Celebration is expanding the days and activities this year. In conjunction with multiple other local nonprofit groups, the Celebration will span from Tuesday, July 2nd until it all comes to an end on Saturday, July 6th. The Rogersville Heritage Association and the Rogersville Arts Council will team up on Tuesday, July 2nd to present the monthly “First Tuesday Art Show Opening at the Inn” event at the Hale Springs Inn. From 6 – 8pm the Youth Arts Council will be presenting music and a display of their art while the Inn prepares hors d'oeuvres for attendees to eat. The McKinney Tavern and Hale Springs Inn will be open for business from 5 – 8pm that evening as well. There is no charge to attend.

On Wednesday, July 3rd on the Downtown Square in Rogersville, Expecting God's Help has arranged to present an evening deemed a community wide Patriotic Prayer Service called “Celebrate Our Freedom”. Plans are for prayer, testimony and singing with some Patriotic drama sprinkled in for all to enjoy. The service will begin at 6:30pm in Downtown Rogersville. Following the service, plans are to “break bread and fellowship” with hoagies being served for anyone who would like to partake. If inclement weather were to occur, service will be moved to the sanctuary of First Baptist Church just off of Main Street.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4th will see the annual 4th of July Parade traverse historic downtown Rogersville. The Parade will begin at 4pm starting on the east end of town and proceeding west to end on Armstrong Road. The parade will be followed by a Patriotic drama on the Town Square by the Rogersville Arts Council at approximately 5:00pm. Local band Buck Barker and the “Tone Rods” featuring Ricky Luster will be performing from 6:00 – 9:00pm on the Town Square. Local theater, Cinema 4, will be showing the 4th of July movie “Independence Day” on the side of the Courthouse Annex. The movie will begin approximately 8:45 – 9:00pm. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a free movie in historic downtown Rogersville. Some concessions will be available. All activities are free of charge.

Friday, July 5th, downtown Rogersville will once again be packed but this time with cars for the Cruise In and Car Show throughout Main Street. The Ivy Road Band will be performing on the Courthouse lawn as well. The Cruise In begins at 5pm with other activities to follow. A Kids Playground will be available as well for a small charge but otherwise the event is free of charge. The Rogersville Merchants Association and Main Street Program are organizing the day's events.

The week's activities conclude on Saturday, July 6th with the big concert, Celebration and huge fireworks show all taking place at the Rogersville City Park. The Firecracker 4 Miler road race will kick things off at 7am followed at 9am by the Firecracker 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Then at 1pm the live music begins, the Kids Zone opens as does the free swimming at the pool. ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Jana Kramer, will perform at 6:30pm and then contemporary Christian group, the Newsboys at 8:30pm. The day will conclude with one of the largest fireworks shows in a five state region at 10pm. All activities are FREE of charge.

Official 2013 Rogersville 4th of July Tee Shirts will be on sale at the Parade; the Cruise In; and all day in the Park on July 6th. All events and activities (except as previously noted) will be free. For more information please visit the website at or call Dr. Blaine Jones at 423-272-3150. Donations to support the event can be mailed to Rogersville 4th of July Celebration, c/o Four Square, Inc., P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN 37857. To volunteer to work at the Saturday, July 6th Celebration, call Becky Barnette at 423-557-2177.

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