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Published 3:14pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014

With Independence Day on Friday this year, many will enjoy a three-day holiday weekend. Various events are planned across the area with entertainment and explosions will figure prominently in local activities.

Following are some of the local celebrations and activities marking the 238th birthday of the United States. Also included is a breakout box of activities chronologically by date.


Wetumpka - Entertainment and Fireworks

The City of Wetumpka will host its annual celebration July 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Gold Star Park downtown.

Action will kick off at 6 p.m. with Kim Armstrong’s A Popular Dance. The band Wishbone will play from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Attendees can learn the latest dance moves with Kim Armstrong, then dance to the music of Wishbone,” said Tiffany Robinson, the city’s special events/tourism manager.

A Popular Dance is a family-friendly, audience-interactive dance entertainment that tours widely. Some dance examples are the electric slide, the monorail, the cha-cha slide, the hustle, the wobble and more.

Wishbone is a classic rock and dance cover band offering a high energy and fast paced performance featuring family-friendly material.

To cap the evening, fireworks will explode at 9 p.m. provided by Wind Creek Hospitality.

“The best viewing should be from the park,” said Robinson.

Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.

There will be no admission charge.

For additional information about the event, visit, call 334-567-5147 or visit the city’s Facebook page.


20th Annual Emerald Mountain Parade

The Emerald Mountain community’s 20th annual Fourth of July event will be July 4 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Emerald Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and ending at the Top of the Hill Grill on the Emerald Mountain Golf Course.

Each year, residents decorate bikes, strollers, wagons, golf carts, ATVs, dogs, riding lawn mowers, etc. for the parade. Participants can decorate anything that moves except cars and trucks. The event is for all ages.

There will be a cookout following the parade at the Top of the Hill Grill with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks for residents.


Wetumpka Pops Concert

The Wetumpka Pops will be in concert July 3 at 7 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center. There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome.

Cedarwood Camp Stew Sale

Members of Cedarwood Community Church on U.S. Highway 231 in Wallsboro will sell camp stew July 2-3 from 1 to 6 p.m. Cost is $8. Proceeds go to the church building fund. For information, call Laura Knight at 334-567-2457 or the church office at 334-567-0476.


Trinity Farmers Market

The market will be open July 5 from 7 a.m. to about 12 p.m. on the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church. Vendors offer fruits, vegetables, homemade goods, plants and more for purchase each Saturday through August. Come early for the best selection. For information, contact Beth Schultz, farmer’s market coordinator, at or the church office at 334-567-7534 or


Bluegrass Jam, Sit and Scrap, Sit and Sew, Crochet Creations

The Alabama River Regions Arts Center will host all four of these offerings July 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All  acoustic instruments are welcome at the Bluegrass Jam – guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass and singers. Beginner, intermediate, advanced and listeners are welcome.

Scrappers and paper crafters are welcome at Sit and Scrap. Bring your own project and supplies. All sewers and knitters can attend Sit and Sew. Bring your own sewing machine or hand-sewing project. Assistance and encouragement are available as well as an ironing board and iron provided. Crochet Creations offers instruction in beginning crochet. Bring your own hooks and yarn. All sessions are free. For information, call 334-578-9485 or visit


Lake Jordan - Fireworks

The annual Lake Jordan fireworks show is set for July 4, beginning at sundown. The display is sponsored by the Lake Jordan Home Owners and Boat Owners Association. Fireworks will be shot from the east end of Jordan Dam. The show can be viewed from the water or the shore.

Directions: On the west side of the lake, follow signs for Jordan Dam off of Highway 111. On the east side, travel north from Wetumpka on U.S. Highway 231 and follow boat ramp signs at Wallsboro.


Music at the Marina’s Caribbean Carnival

Lake Jordan Marina will host a multi-day music event. There will be live performances on the beach stage July 3-5. Schedule:  July 3, 12 p.m. – grass area opens to set up chairs and blankets, 2 to 6 p.m. – music begins with fun and games for kids and beach open with children’s games, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. – River Dan and His Band on the beach stage. July 4 – 12 p.m. – grass area opens to set up chairs and blankets, 12 to 6 p.m. – music begins with fun and games for kids and beach open with children’s games, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. – Third Street Band on the beach stage. July 5 – 12 p.m. – grass area opens to set up chairs and blankets, 2 to 6 p.m. – music begins with fun and games for kids and beach open with children’s games, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. – Charlie C and the Cuzamatics on the beach stage.

One time admission of $5 includes all three days and an event cup. Children 6 and younger free. For information, call 334-657-449 or visit Lake Jordan Marina on Facebook.


Millbrook - Men’s Club Barbecue

The Millbrook Men’s Club annual Fourth of July Barbecue will be July 4 at the Men’s Club BBQ Hut, adjacent to the softball complex and civic center on Park Circle. Pork and chicken plates, sandwiches and camp stew will be available for purchase beginning at 6 a.m. Proceeds are reinvested in the Millbrook community.


Santuck - Flea Market

The monthly Santuck Flea Market will be held July 5, from dawn to 2 p.m. on the grounds surrounding Santuck Baptist Church. The outdoor market includes booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques, novelties, imports, food and more. Free admission to the public with free parking available.


Seman - Barbecue and Camp Stew Sale

The Seman Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 38th annual Fourth of July barbecue sale July 3-5. Food items will include whole smoked butts ($30), barbecue plates ($8), sandwiches ($3.50) and camp stew by the quart ($8). This is the department’s principal fundraiser of the year. To place an order or for further details, cll 334-318-6494, email or visit the department’s Facebook page.



Lake Martin - 24th Annual Boat Parade

The event will begin July 4 at 10 a.m. at Kowaliga Marina. Those interested are invited to decorate boats and join in the flotilla. The parade will travel from Kowaliga Marina to Children’s Harbor, circling just past the lighthouse, then make the return trip to Kowaliga Marina. Registered boats will vie for awards in several categories. For information, call 334-857-2111 or visit


14th Annual Fourth of July Blast Concert and Fireworks

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 14th annual Russell Lands’ Fourth of July event at Lake Martin Amphitheater. Performers will start at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Entertainers will be The Bank Walkers, Sid Phelps and Nationwide Coverage. Seating is open, so bring lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are available at For information, call 256-397-1019.

The amphitheater is located on Highway 63, approximately one mile south of Kowaliga Bridge. No boat traffic will be allowed to or from the amphitheater shoreline.


Friday on the Green

Activities will be ongoing July 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. There will be a live band. Activities will also include lawn games and chalk sidewalk art. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. There is no admission charge. Fridays on the Green will continue every Friday through Aug. 29.


Arti Gras!

A juried exhibitor event will be held July 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Green at Russell Crossroads.

Artists from throughout the region are included with original artwork, jewelry and more. Call 256-212-1416 for more information.


Yoga on the Green

Participants can join in any Saturday, July 5 through Sept. 1. Yoga on the Green at the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. For both beginners and the experienced. Bring a mat and a water bottle.


Montgomery - Explore Early American Life

See how early Americans living in Alabama lived and worked in the 1800s at Old Alabama Town. Enjoy old-fashioned lemonade and let the kids run through the sprinklers and explore the charming historic village on July 4. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., last ticket sold at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-18 and children 4 and younger free. For more information, call 888-240-1850.


Barbecue, Music and Fireworks

The public is invited to the Fourth of July Picnic on the River presented by Wind Creek Hospitality and sponsored by Capitol Hyundai at Riverfront Park. The evening will include a barbecue rib eating competition, live music and fireworks show. Admission is free and coolers and picnics are welcome, however no alcoholic beverages will be allowed.

The rib eating competition will start at 5 p.m. Anyone 18 or older may register at Dreamland BBQ or online at Participants will be selected by a drawing at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Musical entertainment by King Bee will start at 6 p.m., followed by Federal Expression at 7:15 p.m. at the Riverfront Amphitheatre. Fireworks will be immediately following the Biscuits game.

A special Fireworks Cruise on the Harriott II will board at 8 p.m. and cruise from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.  More information can be found at or at 334-625-2100.

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