Archive for Thursday, July 1, 2004

Fun for the Fourth

Community fireworks display, activities planned for Sunday

July 1, 2004

Baldwin will be celebrating the Fourth of July with more than just fireworks.

For the fifth year in a row, Citizens for Baldwin City will be sponsoring a community Independence Day celebration, complete with food, games, music and ending with the traditional fireworks display.

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"It's just a good family, community-oriented day," Donna Kneedler, fireworks committee co-chair, said.

Though the fireworks display might be considered the highlight of the celebration by some, the free festivities actually get underway well before dark.

Events start at 5 p.m. Sunday at the ball fields next to the Baldwin High School. Kneedler said local organizations will have several food booths on site selling everything from hot wings, hamburgers and hot dogs to corn on the cob, sandwiches and ice cream.

A moonwalk, dunk tank and small water slide will be set up for use throughout the evening. Kneedler said games of volleyball and badminton will also be played during the festivities.

The Baldwin Fire Department will also have its ladder truck set up as usual Sunday evening.

Games for children and adults, which are free, begin at 6 p.m. She said the games will include a gunny sack race, three-legged race and a water balloon toss.

Live music will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance from the local music group, Music Row, a county/rock band, which is playing at the event for the second year in a row.

At some point after 9 p.m. Sunday, when it is dark enough, Kneedler said, the fireworks display will begin. It is expected to last from 45 minutes to an hour.

"We try to make it longer every year," she said. "I think this year, we have enough to make it an hour."

There are a few bleachers at the ball fields for seating, she said, but spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Kneedler said CFBC works all year in preparation for the Fourth of July event, in part because members of the organization want to see the tradition from several years ago continue.

"Most of the people in the group grew up around Baldwin and remember how much fun it was as a family event and community get together," she said.

She hoped other community members will help carry on the tradition and decide to stay in Baldwin to celebrate the Fourth of July with CFBC instead of heading out of town to another fireworks display.

"Our fireworks show, for the amount of money we spend, it's a pretty good show," she said.

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