Independence Day events around the county set for July 3 and Fourth of July: Celebrations in Madison, Bostwick, Buckhead

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Independence Day celebrations around the county abound – beginning June 30 on through the big day itself, families can take part in a variety of festivities, from inflatables to bbqs to fireworks.

Centennial Baptist Church in Rutledge will hold its Annual Starlight Spectacular beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include local live music, food – hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, peanuts, and snow cones – as well as inflatables and fireworks.

Be sure to take your own lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 706-557-2120.

On Wednesday be sure to stop by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center around 7 p.m. for its annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic on the center’s front lawn.

The Athens Classic City Band, directed by Michael Brewer, will perform live patriotic music. Shelby McLeod will sing the National Anthem and John Garrett will portray Uncle Sam.

The Air Force Junior ROTC will present the colors and children will be invited to lead those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Be sure to take a picnic, blankets, tables, and chairs or rent a table from the center for $20 each. Prizes will be given for the most patriotic table decorations.

Following the concert, drift over to Heritage Park where the City of Madison will host a professional fireworks presentation after dusk.

When the big day finally arrives, be sure to take part in the annual pork barbecue in Bostwick from noon to 2 p.m.

“All You Can Eat” plates are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 years old.

Proceeds from the event will benefit charitable projects of the two sponsors: Bostwick Volunteer Fire Department and Wellington Masonic Lodge 467.

For dinner you can stop by the Buckhead Volunteer Fire Department from 6 to 8 p.m. for its Fourth of July barbecue.

Plates are $8 and include a half chicken, coleslaw, bread, chips, tea, and dessert.

There will be raffle prizes and games as well as fireworks at dark.

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