By MELINDA WILLIAMS
If you’re looking for activities to celebrate Independence Day, there’s no need to go outside Pulaski County.
The towns of Dublin and Pulaski and Pulaski County have joined together to offer a full slate of activities to keep citizens busy throughout the day Friday, July 4. Events range from ceremonies to honor the nation and its veterans to a parade and Pulaski Mariners baseball game.
The day’s activities get underway at 9 a.m. with the annual flag raising ceremony at Dublin Town Hall. The ceremony is particularly significant this year as the nation celebrates the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain.
The flag ceremony will include the singing of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by Amy Hall and “God Bless the USA” performed by Kelly Hall.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will raise the flag and provide a 50-gun salute in honor of each of the nation’s states.
Although the ceremony usually includes the proper retirement of American flags through a “flag burning” conducted by members of Dublin’s Boy Scouts, there will be a change this year. Dublin Town Councilman Dallas Cox said the flag burning is being replaced this year with a presentation of the “POW (Prisoner of War) remembrance table.”
Once the flag ceremony is complete, Independence Day activities shift from Dublin Town Hall to the area of Giles Avenue for the annual July 4 Parade. The parade alternates between the towns of Dublin and Pulaski each year. This year is Dublin’s turn to host the event.
Parade line-up runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The parade proceeds east to Old Route 11 at noon.
Pulaski County’s “Remembrance of Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces” ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of the historic stone courthouse on West Main Street in Pulaski.
This annual event includes a raising of the flag, posting of the colors, recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” musical performance and 21-gun salute. There will also be an introduction of veterans groups and the armed forces and recognition of the nation’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA).
Tours of the Heritage Exhibits on all three floors of the courthouse will be given through 1:30 p.m.
At 4, citizens are invited to head out to historic Calfee Park at the foot of Draper’s Mountain in Pulaski to enjoy an evening of the All-American sport of baseball. The Pulaski Mariners will take on the Bristol Pirates in a 4 p.m. match-up in the Appalachian League. This is the only Mariners game of the year for which admission is free.
For those who would like to catch some fireworks over the holiday weekend, head down to Motormile Speedway on Route 11 in Fairlawn Saturday night, July 5, where that night’s activities will conclude with a fireworks show.