Area communities plan Independence events

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Area residents gearing up for next week's Fourth of July holiday will have plenty of activities to add to their calendars.

Shell Knob

On Thursday, July 4th, the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce will host its 38th annual Fire and Thunder Fireworks Show on Table Rock Lake. The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks are shot from a location about one mile east of the Shell Knob bridge. Viewing is best from the lake, but the show can also be watched from several locations along Highway 39 or Highway YY.

Fire and Thunder is a free event and supported in part by the sale of T-shirts, which are available at many retail outlets in Shell Knob.

In conjunction with Fire and Thunder, there will be a boat parade on Table Rock Lake. Boaters will congregate on the south side of Lost Hill Island, at the confluence of the Kings and White rivers, at 6:30 p.m. and begin idling toward the Shell Knob bridge at 7 p.m. All types of crafts are welcome to participate in the parade.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, July 5.

For more information, call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce at 417-858-3300.

Eagle Rock

The Eagle Rock-Mano-Golden Fire Department will host its annual Fired Up and Smokin' Fireworks Show on Friday, July 5 starting at dusk over the Highway 86 bridge on Table Rock Lake in Eagle Rock.

This year, the Fourth of July barbecue will be held at the Eagle Rock Fire Station, about one-quarter mile west of the Highway 86 bridge. The facility offers a larger parking area and air conditioning for diners.

The menu features smoked pork and brisket, coleslaw and baked beans. Serving starts at 11 a.m. Cost is $7 per meal.

Donations are still being accepted for this year's display. Contributions may be mailed to: Eagle Rock Fireworks, 30625 State Highway 86, Eagle Rock, MO 65641.

Wheaton

The Wheaton Fire Department will host The Black Moods in concert on Thursday, July 4 in the Wheaton City Park. The nationally recognized band features two Wheaton grads Joshua Kennedy and Ryan Prier.

Second Chance will be the opening act and will start off the show at 5:30 p.m. A fireworks display will immediately follow The Black Moods' show.

There will be concessions on site for the alcohol-free show. All proceeds will benefit the Wheaton Fire Department.

Seligman

The Seligman Chamber of Commerce and the city of Seligman will celebrate the Fourth of July starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 at the Seligman Community Building.

Food, games, a cake walk, entertainment and fireworks are on tap for the evening's festivities.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

For more information, call 417-662

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