UNION — Ever since 1776 July 4 has been Independence Day in the United States of America and America’s independence has been celebrated on that day ever since.
In Union, Independence Day has been celebrated with “Light Up the Lake” at Veteran’s Memorial Park where local residents and gather each year around Foster Park Lake to enjoy an evening of food, live music, and, of course, the one thing no 4th of July celebration can be without, fireworks.
This year will be no different as the 2018 Light Up the Lake, sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, Union County Recreation Department, and Union County Tourism Commission, will feature a live performance by “The Mighty Kicks,” food, and, when it gets dark, fireworks.
Yes, this year’s Light Up the Lake, which will start at 7 p.m., will be no different from previous years. No different that is, with one exception.
It will be held Tuesday, July 3.
The reason this year’s Light up the Lake is being held on July 3 is that Union County is home to not one, not two, but three celebrations of America’s birthday. There’s Light Up the Lake in Union, the Buffalo Community’s “Party at the Pond,” and the West Springs Community’s 4th of July celebration, all of them family-friendly and patriotic.
Party at the Pond will be held Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 6 p.m. and will feature vendors and music and, at dark, a fireworks display. Vendors interested in taking part in the event and persons interested in being a sponsor of Party at the Pond are asked to call Jim Maness at 864-426-4457.
The West Springs Community’s 4th of July celebration will be held this Saturday (June 30). The celebration gets under way at 11 a.m. with a parade that will start at Bogansville United Methodist Church and end at West Springs Baptist Church. BBQ will be sold for lunch at the West Springs Ballfield. The celebration will resume at 6 p.m. at the West Springs Ballfield with live music and hot dog and hamburger plates for sale and fireworks after dark.
In the past, Light Up the Lake and Party on the Pond have both been held on July 4, forcing people to choose between the two. With Union County’s three 4th of July celebrations being held on separate days, the people of Union County will not have to choose between them but instead be able to take part in and enjoy three celebrations of the 242nd anniversary of America’s independence.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.