The schedule is set for an old-fashioned hometown Fourth of July celebration in Port St. Joe.
The committee charged with assembling the pieces for a celebratory blowout has finalized the lineup for festivities on Friday, July 4.
And it all starts at 6:30 p.m. ET when a parade will meander down Reid Avenue toward City Commons Park.
The committee wants this to be a Fourth of July parade as they’ve been in the past, with the folks, young and old, big and small, who call this community home the main attraction.
In particular, the children, who are encouraged to mount their bicycles or go-karts or similar mode of transportation to join in the celebration of our nation’s birth.
And don’t forget the red, white and blue color scheme.
Each child will receive a token of appreciation for their participation.
“We encourage everybody to participate,” said Dana Boyer, a member of the event organizing committee. “We will have a medal for every child who takes part.
“We want this to be a community event, an event that shows the spirit and patriotism of this community. Everybody can be a part of that kind of celebration.”
Those wishing to participate in the parade are encouraged to contact Barbara Radcliff at the No Name Café at 229-9277 to register.
Following the parade, the festivities will continue at City Commons Park with a flag ceremony and low country boil.
The low country boil, serving up the favorites of shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes, will include a $10 donation cost to help fund the Fourth of July celebration.
All proceeds are poured back into the celebration.
“This is a way to help fund the Fourth of July,” Boyer said, noting the goal of the committee was to raise the entire cost of the celebration through individual donations.
And as many kids don’t fancy seafood or shrimp, there will be hot dogs off the grill for the wee ones.
Tickets for the low country boil will be on sale at the No Name Café and City Hall and will also be sold the day of the event.
The band Go Big or Go Home, a 15-piece big band, will begin performing on the stage at George Core Park along the bayfront at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The band will perform a set of roughly 60 minutes before the fireworks illuminate the sky over St. Joseph Bay.
As in years past, the fireworks will be shot from the old paper mill site and will be visible around the bay.
After the fireworks, Go Big or Go Home will retake the stage for another 60-minute set before the night’s festivities end….
Except for the street dance along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. which will begin at 6 p.m. ET, doesn’t really crank fully up until dark and continues until 1 a.m.
Volunteers are still needed for the “Hometown Fourth of July” and those interested are asked to contact Boyer at 227-3777.
“We want people to come out and be part of the fun,” Boyer said.