By Nick Nunn staff writer
Morgan County will be home to several Independence Day celebrations in the upcoming weeks, beginning with the 2014 Independence Day Concert at the Madison-Morgan Cultural (MMCC) on Thursday, July 3, and ending with Centennial Baptist Church’s Starlight Spectacular on Sunday, July 6. The Cultural Center’s Independence Day Concert and Picnic will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, to kick off the long holiday weekend with music from the Athens Classic City Band. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the celebration, and Phillip Williams will dress up as Uncle Sam for the occasion.
Phalanda Perriman will sing the National Anthem before the concert, and the Morgan County High school AFJROTC, led by Major Robert G. Atkins, will present the colors. The concert will be held on the Cultural Center’s front lawn, which will be open for free for picnic-goers with their own blankets, tables, and chairs, but tables will also be available for rent from MMCC for $20. Prizes for table decorations will be given at the event. For more information, including how to rent tables, contact MMCC at 706-342-4743, At dusk, the concert will come to an end and will be followed by a professional firework display at Heritage Park, which is being presented by the City of Madison. The City of Bostwick will host their annual whole-hog barbecue from noon until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 4, with “All You Can Eat” plates going for $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.
Proceeds from the event will benefit charitable projects of the two sponsors: the Bostwick Volunteer Fire Department and the Wellington Masonic Lodge 467. The Buckhead Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chicken barbecue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 4. The plates will be $8 and will include a half chicken, coleslaw, bread, chips, tea, and a dessert. Buckhead will host a raffle and games for all ages, as well as a firework display at dark. Rutledge will hold their “Red, White and Blues Festival” at the Downtown Rutledge City Park on Saturday, July 5, from noon until 6 p.m.
There will be free concerts by the Maloy Brothers Bluegrass Band, the Madisonaires, the Georgia Flood, and Freddy’s Finest during the celebration. There will also be barbecue from Big Kev’s BBQ, a water slide, and a tractor parade. Centennial Baptist Church is holding its annual Starlight Spectacular celebration at 7:30 on Sunday, July 6, at its Rutledge Campus. The community fireworks event offers food and fun for the entire family. Be sure to take your own lawn chairs and blankets for the show. For more information about the Starlight Spectacular, call Centennial Baptist Church at 706-557-2120.