The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Lifestyles

June 29, 2012

Fun part of Fourth of July’s festivities

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Four-State Area will host a number of Fourth of July celebrations, ranging from fun and games for kids to live, local music and a number of fireworks displays.

Joplin will kick off its Fourth of July celebration 3 p.m. Wednesday at Landreth Park will a variety of food vendors, which will have funnel cakes, corn on the cob, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, shaved ice and other carnival food said Paul Bloomberg, recreation and events manager.

A welcome and presentation of colors by the National Guard will be at 5 p.m. and the Jake Clark Band will perform the national anthem, followed by a country concert set.

Duke Mason is set to perform at 6:05, followed by Felonious Monk, a blues and classic rock band at 7:05 and Big Smitty, a classic rock band at 8:15.

The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 and will be put on by Liberty Pyrotechnics. Celebration participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but are not allowed to bring grills or their own fireworks to the event.

The city will offer a free trolley service from Memorial Hall at Seventh Street and Joplin Avenue to the park from 7 to 11 p.m.

“People can come out and enjoy their family and enjoy some local entertainment,” Bloomberg said.

Details: 417-625-4750 or visit www.joplinmo.org.

Other events include:

Columbus, Kan.

Time: 9:45 p.m.

Date: Saturday

Details: A fireworks display will be shown at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. Details: 620-429-1492.

Grove, Okla.

Time: 6 p.m. to 10

Date: Tuesday

Details: The event will be held at the Grove Sports Complex, 900 East 13 St. It will include the Patriot Guard Riders, The Duttons, free food and drinks and a fireworks display. Details: 918-786-6549.

Oswego, Kan.

Time: 7 p.m. to 10

Date: Tuesday

Details: The event will be held at the Labette County Fairgrounds, located on North Street. It will include live music by Rick Cook, food, drinks and a fireworks display. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Details: 620-795-4433 or visit www.oswegokansas.com.

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