By Joe Hadsall
Globe Features Editor
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Independence Day activities will start around the region with a band returning to Joplin for a performance.
The Warrensburg Community Band will be featured in Joplin Pops to close out Pro Musica's annual season of chamber music. While the concert is not technically associated with Independence Day, the band will play a lineup of popular American music, from traditional marches to classics by the Gershwins. Vocalist Jeff Imboden will be featured on one of those Gershwin songs, "'S Wonderful."
"We love to play them," said director Russell Coleman of the Gershwin numbers. "We play them well, and we do quite a bit of that style of music.
Other highlights include piccolo soloist Lorraine Miller, clarinetist James Gai, trumpeter Neal Seipp and saxophonist Mark Smith.
Coleman said the band is a summer band that meets in June and July for a series of performances. Comprised of 56 members, the band includes students and music teachers from the Warrensburg area, many of whom are associated with University of Central Missouri. Some members have played for groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
"Probably about 40 of our members have music degrees from universities," Coleman said. "Professors at the university play, as well as a number of orchestral students."
The band was formed in 1985 and Coleman has been its only director. He was also director of bands at the university for 32 years. The band performed two years ago for Joplin Pops.
The open-air concert will start at 8 p.m. today at the oval on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. Grounds will be open at 6 p.m.; attendees are welcome to bring picnic suppers and asked to bring their own seating.
The concert is sponsored in part by the Carlin Team of Keller Williams Realty. Tickets: $10.
Independence Day activities
Other celebrations around the region (listed chronologically) include:
¥ MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- "Red, White & BOOM -- The BOOM Goes On!" is the theme of the Mount Vernon Fourth of July celebration scheduled from 6:45 to 11 p.m. today at the Spirit of 76 Park.
Entertainment will be provided by 65 South. The five-member classic rock band has local roots and is known for a high-energy mix of rock, Motown and R&B.
A fireworks display will begin immediately after the entertainment. In the event of rain, the fireworks only take place on Saturday.
A food tent will open at 6:30 p.m. with concessions and souvenirs for purchase. All proceeds from the food tent will be used to help cover the cost of the event. A free admission swim will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Spirit of 76 Park pool. There will be free laser tag from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Missouri National Guard will provide the color guard and is sponsoring activities again this year before the fireworks begin.
¥ At Route 66 Carousel Park, 3834 W. Seventh St. in Joplin, Independence Day will be celebrated early on Saturday with a free concert by Grant Landis and Big Smitty. There also will be a huge fireworks display.
The park is asking for a $1 donation that will be given to Children's Haven, if one enters through their gate to watch.
¥ NEOSHO, Mo. -- The annual Celebrate Neosho Independence Day festivities are scheduled Saturday in Morse Park and at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport.
The family event will include a 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. starting at the soccer fields in Morse Park, kids fishing derby from 9 to 11 a.m. on the east bank of Hickory Creek, picnic in the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with old fashioned games and contests.
The main event will be staged from 5 to 10 p.m. at Neosho Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport. It will feature inflatable rides, pony rides for a fee, food and crafts vendors, a battle of the bands competition at 5:15 p.m. and an aerobatic stunt act by pilot Kyle Franklin in his bi-plane at about 8:30 p.m. The All-American fireworks show will begin at about 9:30 p.m.
The event is free and there are no parking fees.
Details: Wes Franklin, 417-451-8050.
¥ PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The 2013 4th of July Celebration will take place in Lincoln Park.
The festivities will begin Saturday and continue Wednesday and Thursday.
The activities scheduled includes:
Saturday: 7:30 a.m., golf tournament; 8:30 a.m., tennis tournament; 10 a.m., freedom fling disc golf; 1:30 p.m., sand volleyball tournament (new); 1 to 5 p.m., Kiddieland open.
Wednesday: Bluff City Shows Carnival, 6 p.m. to dusk, arts, crafts and food sales; 6 to 9 p.m., Kiddieland open; 6:15 to 9:30 p.m., live entertainment.
Thursday: Bluff City Shows Carnival, 7:30 a.m., Firecracker 5K run; 8 a.m. to dusk, arts, crafts and food vendors; 8 to 9:30 a.m., Zumbathon (new); 8:30 a.m., fishing derby; 9 a.m., bicycle ride; 9 a.m., Rollin' Nostalgia Car Show; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., beer garden ; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Kiddieland open; 10 a.m., wiffle ball tournament; 10 a.m., horseshoe tournament; 10 a.m. to noon, baby contest; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., radio controlled airplanes; 11 a.m., youth bocce tournament; 10:30 a.m., mock battle; 1 p.m., free youth disc golf clinic; 1 p.m., adult bocce tournament; 1 to 3 p.m., building block of fun; 1 to 5 p.m., free swim; 1 p.m., hole-in-one contest; 2 p.m., free youth freedom fling disc golf tournament; 3 p.m., dodgeball tournament; 4 p.m., ladder golf tournament (new); 5 to 7 p.m., My Country 101.7 open mic night and Texaco Country Showdown: Round 2; 5 to 10 p.m., live entertainment; 5:30 to 7 p.m., dog show; 7 p.m., hot-dog eating contest; 8 to 9:30 p.m., hot air balloon glow; and 10 p.m., fireworks display.
¥ Joplin will stage its Rockin' Fourth of July Independence Day celebration on Thursday.
The celebration will open at 3 p.m. with food vendors opening to sell hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and treats such as ice cream, shaved ice and a variety of carnival-fare foods.
Live bands will start at 5:15 p.m. Performances will begin with Duke Mason performing the national anthem. Other local artists performing include the Jake Clark Band at 6:30 p.m. and Big Smitty at 8 p.m. The fireworks show by Liberty Pyrotechnics will blast off at 9:45 p.m.
People can park at Memorial Hall and receive free trolley rides to the park and back to their vehicles from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department.
¥ CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A parade and fireworks are among the July Fourth activities on tap in Carthage.
A number of local churches will sponsor a parade starting at 10 a.m. on the courthouse square. The procession will follow Grant and Grand avenues south to Centennial, then west to Baker Boulevard before ending at El Jordan Church at 16th Street and Baker Boulevard.
This is the second year for the parade; its focus is prayers for Carthage.
The annual celebration starts with a breakfast at 7 a.m. on the south side of the square. Live entertainment will be performed starting at 11 a.m. on the entertainment stage on the south side of the square. There also will be games, activities, food and craft vendors after the parade.
Municipal Park will be the place for the annual fireworks display, under the direction of Liberty Pyrotechnics and sponsored by the city of Carthage. The display will begin at dark. A number of vendors will be at the park, selling treats including cotton candy, candied nuts, snow cones and ice cream.
¥ POWELL, Mo. -- The sixth Annual Independence Day Celebration at Powell is scheduled Thursday at the Hill and Hollow grounds of the Brumley Publishing Co.
Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m., provided by the popular Blue Grass and Gospel Band of Rusty Plow. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. the concession stand will offer freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, nachos and chips for a donation. Watermelon, soda and homemade cookies will be included free with each meal. Soft pretzels, fresh popcorn and snow cones will also be available for a donation.
Also back by popular demand is the special children's game section and the ever popular hayrides to the Historic Powell Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The evening will culminate with a display of fireworks.
This is a family friendly environment, alcohol and drug free. People are to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission and parking are free.
Details on the event, the Historic Bridge at Powell or the Powell Historical Preservation Society, Virginia Hall, 417-435-2394, or Beverly Prentice, 417-435-2214.
¥ BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. -- The Baxter Springs July 4 celebration will take place in Kiwanis Park.
Music and food will start at 7:30. Thursday. The fireworks show will begin at 9:05 p.m. People attending are asked to bring canned food for the Baxter Food Bank.
The event is sponsored by Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce.
¥ GROVE, Okla. -- Grand Lake Festivals will host the annual Arts, Crafts, Music and Cajun Festival in the Grove Civic Center on Thursday beginning at 9 a.m.
The event includes arts and crafts booths, authentic Cajun food and entertainment beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free to the public; there will be a donation box at the door.
Entertainment will feature Louisiana's hottest Cajun band Chris Miller and "Bayou Roots" along with Jana Jae, Clint Walker and others.
¥ GROVE, Okla. -- Har-Ber Village Museum will host its second annual Independence Day Celebration on from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.
With paid admission or free with museum membership, guests can enjoy lawn games such as croquet, hoop rolling, graces and horseshoes and then try their turn at hand-cranking firecracker, vanilla or blueberry ice cream in the old fashioned ice cream maker.
At 10:45 a.m., children can decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons and themselves with patriotic items such as streamers, pom poms, pinwheels, washable tattoos, hats and headbands provided by Har-Ber Village Museum.
At 11:15 a.m. Tad Jones will portray Thomas Jefferson and read portions of the Declaration of Independence. Following the reading, guests will hear a special vocal presentation by Broadway performer and choreographer Ron Young.
The main event will be the Kids' Parade, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. It will begin at the new bandstand and proceed down Main Street to the old bandstand, where
The Har-Ber Village Museum Independence Day Celebration is sponsored by First National Bank, Neil Jarvis State Farm Insurance, Bank of Oklahoma, REC Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, and Rich & Cartmill, Inc.
Details: 918-786-6446, or visit www.har-bervillage.com.
¥ MONETT, Mo. -- Monett Freedom and Fireworks Celebration, begins at 11 a.m. Thursday with barbecue chicken, vendors, entertainment throughout the day followed by fireworks at dusk, at Monett South Park, Missouri 37 and U.S. 60. Free admission. Details: 417-489-0197.
¥ SENECA, Mo. -- The Seneca Area Chamber of Commerce will hold "Celebrating Our Freedom in Seneca" on Saturday, July 6.
The event starts at 7 a.m. and ending with one of the large st fireworks displays in the Four-State Area.
Activities include: 7 a.m., fun run for freedom 5K; 8 a.m., bed race; 9 a.m., pancake race;
9:35 a.m., tricycle race, 10 a.m., Celebrating Our Freedom parade; 11 a.m., kids games; noon, duck race; 1 p.m., 2014 Project Graduation dodge ball competition; 2 p.m., Seneca's Got Talent; 3 p.m., rope pull contest, 4:30 p.m., gates open to fireworks site (Bethel Road and Highway U, $5 parking); 6 p.m., Seneca's Got Talent finalist perform at fireworks site; 7 p.m., Live Wire concert; 9:45 p.m., fireworks display.