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Region hosts July 4 festivities

July 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

For most Americans, July 4 means family celebrations, barbecues, music, the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. Clay County residents will have a couple opportunities to experience all of the above during this year’s July 4.
While West Point itself isn’t hosting any holiday activities this year’s holiday — as Old Waverly’s festivities are closed to the public — there will be opportunities to enjoy food, fireworks and live music in Starkville and Tupelo.
The Starkville Parks and Recreation Department will host the city’s Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane.
Starkville Parks and Recreation Director Herman Peters said Starkville has hosted a July 4 celebration for about 10 years now.
“The fireworks will begin as soon as it gets dark, so probably around 8:30 or 9 p.m.,” Peters said. “We have about a 20 minute display that everyone has enjoyed in the past.”
Peters said there will be jumpers for children to play on, free of charge, as well as free ice cream. Attendees can also bring their own food for picnics and games, according to Peters.
“Last year we had about 3,000 folks come to our celebration,” Peters said. “I expect to have that many, if not more, this year.”

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