CARLISLE — A parade, the singing of the national anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance were all part of an “Independence Day” celebration by the Town of Carlisle’s “Summer Lunch & Activities Program” this past Thursday.
On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ever since then, July 4 has been known as “Independence Day” in honor of that event which signified the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
Tuesday, July 4, 2107, was the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birthday of the United States of America. It was celebrated in Union County on Tuesday with events in Buffalo and Union, but in Carlisle some little patriots got a jump on the rest of the county with a celebration of their own.
If you were driving down Fish Dam Avenue in Carlisle last Thursday, you saw those little patriots as they marched down the street carrying the American flag with them.
“This is part of our Summer Lunch Program when we celebrate Independence Day,” Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said Monday. “We do the salute to the flag, then we do our parade down Fish Dam Avenue and back to the town hall where we sing the National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.”
When the children and the adults accompanying them got back to the town hall where the program is held, they found one of the fire trucks of the Carlisle Fire Department waiting for them. Ferguson-Glenn said that Carlisle Fire Chief Larry Glenn brought the fire truck out for the children to see as part of a presentation on fire safety.
The children then returned to the town hall where refreshments were served.
The Town of Carlisle’s Summer Lunch & Activities Program is for children ages 18 and under. It is held Monday-Thursday, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It will run through Thursday, July 27. Monday, June 12-Thursday, July 27.
This is the 11th year the town has offered this program to the children of the Carlisle community.
In addition to activities at the town hall, the program will also include a field trip involving swimming.
Parents interested in registering their children for the program can pick up registration forms at the Carlisle Town Hall.
For more information about the Summer Lunch & Activities Program call the Carlisle Town Hall at 864-427-1505.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.