By Reann Huber
Morgan County residents filled Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s front lawn and Bill Wood Park to enjoy the start of the Fourth of July weekend with barbecue, patriotic music, and fireworks.
Around 400 people gathered on the MMCC’s lawn on July 1 for their annual event, and to listen to the Classic City Band from Athens that’s been playing with them for the past 25 years.
“[The picnic] is really just a free community event that we’ve been doing every year,” said MMCC Development Director JoAnna Hayes. “It’s been over 30 years that we’ve been hosting the Independence Day picnic and concert.”
Residents were able to enjoy the barbecue for the first time this year from Pot’s BBQ, and relax on the lawn before heading over to Bill Wood Park to enjoy the annual firework show put on by the city.
Even more people gathered at the park later that evening to see the fireworks display and really kick off their holiday weekend.
“It’s something we look forward to every year,” said one Morgan County resident. “It’s great to have the city put on this event to bring our community together for Independence Day.”
People of all ages stared up to see the many different fireworks being set off and celebrate what they individually think Independence Day means to them.
“To me, the Fourth of July is all about our freedom and independence,” said Madison resident, Lauren Miller. “It really exemplifies the strength and determination of all of those who fought to give us our independence.”