July 4th at Dauphin Island includes a patriotic and solemn ceremony hosted by the Dauphin Island Veterans Association. To be held at Water Tower Plaza. the event at 11 a.m. honors those who have served and continue to serve our country. The Town and Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the Mobile Pops Band, which will fill the air with patriotic tunes, beginniung at 7 p.m. at Dauphin Island School grounds. Admission is free. Then at 9 p.m., the sky will burst with color as the traditional, spectacular fireworks display takes place at the public beach near the fishing pier. The show can be seen from many vantage points on the Island.
Semmes Freedom Celebration is Friday, July 3, beginning at 5 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School. This family-fun day to celebrate our nation's freedom offers children's activities, an arts and crafts show, hot air balloon rides, a concert, a car show and a fireworks display. For information, visit http://www.orchardassembly.com/semmes-freedom-celebration/
Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Festival Park, Highway 90 in Grand Bay. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Visitors get free, ice cold sliced watermelon to eat on the premises. This annual event has something for everyone--family entertainment, children's area, a Pretty Baby contest, introduction to the Watermelon Festival Queens, a variety of food, games, arts and crafts.
No need to pull out your own dusty grill for a holiday celebration. St. Thomas the Apostle Knights of Columbus #13174 Chickasaw Council is sponsoring a 4th of July oak-smoked meat sale. The cost of two chickens or a rack of ribs is $20. Bostun butt is $30; pork loin, $35; a whole ham is $50. Orders must be in by Saturday, June 27 by calling Frank or Mary Coate at 675-2271 or 404-0695. Meats will be ready for pick-up at the K of C meeting room between 1 and 5 p.m., Friday, July 3. St. Thomas Catholic Church is at 251 North Craft Highway, Chickasaw.
First Baptist Church of Chickasaw, 92 Fifth Street, is celebrating faith and freedom on Sunday, June 28 at 6 pm. This special service will feature patriotic music, an ice cream social and guest speakers, including Will Herring, professional football player and former Auburn Tiger, and Jonathan McConnell, President and CEO of Meridian Global Consulting who served as a USMC infantry officer during The Surge in Iraq in 2007-2008. Call 452-0222 to RSVP and for information.
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society will present its “Annual Patriotic Concert” on Sunday, June 28, 5 p.m. at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North. The hour-long concert will feature Patriotic/Americana selections and will be followed by an ice cream and sweets reception. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, contact Terry D. Maddox, M.M., Artistic Director at 251-432-9325 or firstname.lastname@example.org/
The 3rd Annual "We Love Satsuma" celebration, provided for the community by First Baptist Church of Satsuma and Satsuma First Assembly of God is Sunday, June 28, 5 p.m. at Fred K. Wright Park. There'll be crafts vendors, food, music, children's activities, rides and inflatables, a flag presentation and, at 8:45 p.m., a citywide fireworks display. Attendees are encouraged to bring ball park chairs or blankets for seating comfort. For more information, call First Baptist Satsuma, 675-1280.
Chickasaw's 7th Annual Independence Day Celebration will be Saturday, July 4th at Bill Brooks Park. There'll ve food, drinks, watermelon, music, the Hope Puppet Show and a Silly Game Contest. The fun begins at 5 p.m. A Kayak Paddle will start at 6 p.m. Call Kathy Couey, 452-6467, to register for the Paddle and watch the fireworks from the water.
The Annual Dauphin Island Parkway Community Service will be held at Fulton Road Baptist Church on Sunday, June 28, 6 p.m. The DIP Ministerial Association members are planning a program featuring patriotic and praise singing; Gene Kerr will direct a community choir. A youth/contemporary service will be held in the Christian Life Center at the same time as the patriotic/praise service. A special offering will be received in support of the DIP Food Pantry.