The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday observed all across the United States that celebrates when the Declaration of Independence was enacted on July 4, 1776, marking America’s independence from Great Britain.
Since then, Fourth of July celebrations have become the norm with parades, cookouts and, of course, fireworks.
For the fifth year in a row, the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce will host a Fourth of July celebration for Teach For America, complete with a fireworks show.
The celebration was something the chamber planned for the first year TFA arrived at Delta State as a thank you and to give TFA members something to do over the holiday, but Judson Thigpen, executive director of the chamber, said TFA had asked them to continue the celebration for the following years.
This year, the celebration will be on July 3 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Statesmen Park.
Leading up to the fireworks will be a barbeque for TFA members. Tents will be set up for TFA to eat under and there will also be live music.
“We will have two bands,” Thigpen said.
The first band will play for about 45 minutes starting at 6 p.m., while the second band will perform at 7 p.m. and play until 9 p.m.
The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m., and it is free and open to the public.
Thigpen said the public can bring chairs and watch the fireworks from the Delta State University soccer field.
The show will last about 15 minutes.
The chamber is also seeking volunteers for the event to help with serving food and in other areas.
To volunteer or for more information, call the chamber at 662-843-2712.