Communities ready to celebrate Fourth of July

Published 12:00 pm Sunday, July 2, 2023

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The City of Andalusia will be adorned with red, white, and blue as it gears up for the Fourth of July with several activities and events planned.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Old Three Notch Chapter in cooperation with the city will hold a parade Tuesday, July 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church and continues down East Three Notch to the WAAO radio station. Anyone is welcome to participate in the parade.

“We are excited about holding our annual Fourth of July parade again. We will have confetti this year and little inflatable patriotic throws for children. Popsicles will be handed out along the parade route,” Brenda Gouge said.

This year’s grand marshal for the parade is veteran and current Circuit Court Judge Ben Bowden.

At dusk, the City of Andalusia will host a fireworks show at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and live music by 55 South will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a bouncy house and water slide for children and free watermelon slices for all. Smash Mouth Foods and Kona Ice trucks will be on hand serving food.

Andalusia Ballet will also be getting in the patriotic feel with its annual “Summer Dances” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the LBWCC Dixon Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s performance will pay tribute to the birth of our nation with patriotic music and dance. Admission is free. Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia of the New York City Ballet will perform along with Andalusia Ballet’s own José Soares and summer intensive students.

The City of Opp will hold its Independence Day Celebration at Frank Jackson State Park. Admission is free with events starting at 10 a.m. with a firework show scheduled after dark. The City of Opp will provide free watermelon slices and the Opp Trailmasters will be selling Pepsi products, hamburgers, and walking tacos.