Parades, music, food and fireworks will be a big part of the Fourth of July in Union County.
The 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence will be celebrated in West Springs on Saturday and in Buffalo and Union on Monday.
In West Springs, the celebration starts at 11 a.m. with a parade that will begin at Bogansville United Methodist Church, circle the West Springs Baptist Church before making its way to the West Springs Ball Field. Lunch will be served around noon at the ball field with plates of BBQ, baked beans, slaw, roll, dessert and a drink for $6 a plate.
At 6 p.m. that evening the beach band Ocean Breeze will perform until 10 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and snow cones will be sold during that time.
At 10 p.m., the West Springs fireworks display will begin.
The public is invited to attend what organizers call a fun family event. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
Festivities in Buffalo will kick off around 6 p.m. on Monday by the Buffalo Mill Pond. The event will feature food vendors, a slide and bounce castle for children and the Main Event D.J.
At 7 p.m. the Buffalo Creek Band will perform country classics and modern hits. Fireworks will begin after dark.
The annual Fourth of July celebration at Foster Park will also take place Monday beginning at 6 p.m.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “July Fourth Beach Blast.”
The event will feature live beach music and a variety of vendors before culminating with a spectacular fireworks display set to begin around 9:15 p.m.