File photo from last year's July 4 Celebration at Rogersville City Park (photos courtesy of Dr. Blaine Jones)
ROGERSVILLE — Although the “big day” for the annual Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration is Saturday, local leaders have planned a week full of events beginning Tuesday evening at the historic Hale Springs Inn.
The Rogersville Heritage Association and the Rogersville Arts Council are partnering Tuesday for the monthly “First Tuesday Art Show Opening at the Inn” from 6–8 p.m.
The Youth Arts Council will be performing music and displaying their art as the Inn provides hors d’oeuvres for visitors to enjoy. There is no charge to attend.
Wednesday evening the Downtown Square in Rogersville will belong to the local prayer group “Expecting God’s Help” which will present an evening of community wide patriotic prayer service titled, “Celebrate Our Freedom.”
Plans are for prayer, testimony and singing with some Patriotic drama sprinkled in for all to enjoy. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m., and after the service attendees are invited to “break bread and fellowship” when hoagies being served.
The sanctuary of First Baptist Church just off of Main Street is reserved for the event in case of bad weather.
Although Thursday is July 4, the celebration committee opted to hold the major event on a Saturday because it was easier to get top name entertainment on that day.
But there’s still plenty to do on the actual Independence Day in Rogersville including the annual 4th of July Parade through historic downtown Rogersville.
The Parade begin at 4 p.m. starting on the east end of town and proceeding west to end on Armstrong Road. The parade will be followed by a patriotic drama on the Town Square courtesy of the Rogersville Arts Council, which begins at around 5 p.m.
Also Thursday evening local band Buck Barker and the “Tone Rods” featuring Ricky Luster will be performing from 6-9 p.m. on the Town Square. At sundown Cinema 4 will provide a free showing of the movie “Independence Day” projected on the side of the Courthouse Annex wall. All activities Thursday are free of charge.
On Friday evening downtown Rogersville will once again be the place to be when the street is packed with classic cars for the monthly Cruise In and Car Show along Main Street.
The Ivy Road Band will be performing on the Courthouse lawn as well. The Cruise In begins at 5 p.m. with other activities to follow.
A Kids Playground will be available as well for a small charge but otherwise the event is free of charge. The Rogersville Merchants Association and Main Street Program are organizing the Friday’s events.
But the big day of events which has attracted an estimated 50,000 people to Rogersville the past two years is Saturday’s “July 4th Celebration” which kicks off a 7 a.m. with the Firecracker 4 Miler road race.
Activities in the park begin around 1 p.m. including live music, the Kids Zone, and free swimming at the pool.
ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Jana Kramer, will perform in the park at 6:30 p.m., followed by contemporary Christian group, the Newsboys at 8:30 p.m. The day will conclude with one of the largest fireworks shows in a five state region at 10 p.m.
All activities Saturday are free of charge.
Official 2013 Rogersville 4th of July Tee Shirts will be on sale at the Parade; the Cruise In; and all day in the Park on July 6th. For more information visit www.rogersville4thofjuly.com or call Dr. Blaine Jones at 423-272-3150.
Donations to support the event can be mailed to Rogersville 4th of July Celebration, c/o Four Square, Inc., P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN 37857.
To volunteer to work at the Saturday, July 6th Celebration, call Becky Barnette at 423-557-2177.