County overflows with Fourth of July events


Madison County and surrounding areas are gearing up for another Independence Day celebration next week with a number of family-friendly activities to enjoy on the Fourth of July.

Madisonville will once again be hosting their Hometown Celebration from 3-9 p.m. at Lake Madison Park, but this year’s festivities will now include a parade as well as the traditional activities and fireworks.

The parade is scheduled to kickoff the celebration at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, located at 800 N. May Street. It will continue south onto Highway 75, southwest on E. Collard St., turning onto N. Madison St., continuing to W. Main Street into downtown, then around the square from S. Elm St. W. Trinity St., back to N. Madison St., W. Main St., onto N. Commerce St. back to Collard St., which will take participants to Lake Madison Park.

Other activities for the event include a fireworks display, a skydiving show by The Skydiving Company of Madisonville, food, arts and crafts vendors, water slides and the Splashpad for kids, along with face painting, roping and other activities. Modulation Band will take the stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Dennis Ivey Band will provide music from 7 p.m. until the beginning of the fireworks display.

Registration for the car show will last from 4-6 p.m. and the voting for the show’s winners lasts from 6-7 p.m. The car show will be free to enter.

The National Anthem, which will take place prior to the fireworks, will be performed by Wendy Hunt. Local entertainment will also be provided during break time for the bands.

Sponsors for the Fourth of July celebration at Lake Madison include the City of Madisonville, Madison County, Walmart, HEB, Buc-ee’s, Waste Connections, Brookshire Brothers, MARI, Prosperity Bank and The Skydiving Company.

The City of Midway will also have a new twist to their annual Independence celebration, which is hosted by the Midway Fire Department. The festivities will still feature a fish fry beginning at 5 p.m. followed by fireworks, but crawfish will also be on the menu this year. It will be their first time including a crawfish boil in their Fourth of July celebration.

Midway will have a Skeeter Brush Truck on display and PHI Air Med will be in attendance for part of the celebration. The fireworks will begin around dusk.

The Bedias Civic Club will sponsor a Fourth of July hot dog social at the Bedias Civic Center. All Bedias-area residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature hot dogs, chips and watermelon until they run out. They will also feature face painting, a watermelon seed-splitting contest and a firework show.

The Iola Community Center will also be hosting a fireworks show. The annual celebration is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will also include a free hot dog dinner complete with watermelon and dessert. The fireworks will begin at dark.

Leon County will celebrate independence for nearly a whole week with their 44th Annual Fourth of July Celebration ‘Funtier Days.’ The celebration will take from July 3-7 and feature a number of attractions including a beauty pageant, artwork and rodeo activities. On the Fourth itself, Leon County will feature a 5K, parade, petting zoo, vendors on the courthouse lawn and a fireworks show at Centerville High School. For a complete list of events that will take place during the ‘Funtier Days’ festivities, visit the Funtier Days Facebook page.