Patriotic #8216;Celebrate America#039; returns on Saturday, June 30

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 9, 2007

A patriotic event for the entire community is returning to the Camellia City, Saturday, June 30.

&#8220Celebrate America” is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. at Greenville High School's Tiger Stadium with a spectacular display of fireworks scheduled to shine its &#8220rockets' red glare” at 9 p.m.

Children's activities, games, hula hoop contests, live entertainment and tasty food, are all on tap for the evening.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is once again coordinating the event, and is looking for community-minded businesses and individuals for support.

&#8220This is a wonderful event that is free to the public, so we do need donations from the local merchants to make this all happen,” said GACOC Director Francine Wasden.

She said she hopes to see more civic and school organizations join in and help provide plenty of the delicious foods found at the event in previous years while they raise funds for their charitable and school needs.

&#8220We already have popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and snow cones lined up. There's more great food and clubs and groups out there. We believe the more people who are involved, the better the event will be,” Wasden said.

Sponsors are also needed to help cover the costs of the fireworks display, the major expense of the night at $8,000.

&#8220We have various levels of sponsorship available, including Friends, $1 to $99; Bronze, $100 to $119; Silver, $200 to $299; Gold, $300 to $499 and Platinum, $500 and up. A display sign will recognize bronze through platinum sponsors at the entrance to the event,” Wasden said.

For more information, contact the GACOC at 382-3251.