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FUMC brings back July 4 Fest in the park

Star-spangled fun is on tap for area families as First United Methodist Church in Greenville presents their 4th of July Celebration in Confederate Park.

The event is set to kick off at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 3.

“We are asking all the youngsters to decorate their bikes, trikes and wagons with a patriotic theme and come line up on Adams St. at 9:30 that morning,” Steven Davison of FUMC said.

At 10 a.m., a Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 520 will take place, followed by the parade, complete with marching music and “all the fanfare,” Davison promises.

“The kids are welcome to march until they get tired.”

Once the parade is done, live entertainment starts in the park with a stellar lineup of local talents, including the FUMC Youth Band, FUMC Praise and Worship Team, and vocalists/musicians Diane Smith, Steve Norman, William Champion, the Darrell Freeman group and Earl Henderson.

Along with music, a bevy of activities for the children are planned, including beanbag toss, face painting, prize walk, patriotic crafts, duck pond and colorful helium balloons.

And that’s not all.

“We will have plenty of refreshments on hand, including slushies, cotton candy, popcorn, and lots of sweet, ice-cold watermelon on hand that day,” Davison said.

A fish fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. offers attendees a freshly fried fillet with all the sides, sweet tea and lemonade.

Not a fish person?

“We’ll also have hot dogs, too,” said Davison.

A number of local churches and businesses are assisting with the event, which is completely free and open to the entire community.