Wheaton celebrates freedom, despite rain

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The light show at Freedom Jam, a community benefit sponsored by the Wheaton Fire Department, kept everyone’s gaze from start to finish. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

The light show at Freedom Jam, a community benefit sponsored by the Wheaton Fire Department, kept everyone’s gaze from start to finish.

Many wore their red, white and blue to show American pride on Independence Day, while at Wheaton’s fifth annual Freedom Jam, including sisters Bentlie Zook, 6, left, and Keplyn Zook, 5. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Despite a steady, light rain, fireworks were spectacular at Wheaton’s fifth annual Freedom Jam event on July 4 to help celebrate Independence Day. About $3,000 worth of fireworks were lit to enjoy the occasion, which the Wheaton Fire Department helped raised over the course of the year. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
From left, members of the Wheaton Fire Department Bob Lombard, Ryan Henderson, Steven Holmes, Jeff Pettengill and Lindy Lombard grill hamburgers and hot dogs at Wheaton’s fifth annual Freedom Jam event in the city park to help celebrate Independence Day. The event is sponsored by members of the department. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
A family friend helps Maliah Lombard, 4, get some ice cream on July 4 at Wheaton’s Freedom Jam event. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks were also available, along with plenty of friendly faces and family fellowship. The annual community event is sponsored by the Wheaton Fire Department. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
A variety of shapes, showers and shades lit up the night skies in Wheaton to celebrate Independence Day, like this firework that exploded into a microburst of colors that filled the sky. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
This firework produced a large star with laser-like projections in a massive cloud of red smoke at Wheaton’s Freedom Jam event on July 4 in the city park. The Wheaton Fire Department, which presents the event for the community each year, raised about $3,000 to provide the spectacular show, and at the event, firefighters cooked burgers and hot dogs. The Southbound Saints band provided musical entertainment. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
While the big kids played, Braum Shockley, left, 1-1/2, and his brother, Brent Shockley, 5, were satisfied with a delicious bowl of chocolate ice cream, at the Freedom Jam event July 4, sponsored by the Wheaton Fire Department. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Southbound Saints provided entertainment for the community at Wheaton’s annual Freedom Jam event on July 4 to help celebrate Independence Day. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
From left, Stuart Lombard, Meng Yang, Wheaton Mayor David Shockley and Matt Stockton help prepare and sell hundreds of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks, that were served on July 4 at Wheaton’s fifth annual Freedom Jam event in the city park. The meat was grilled by members of the Wheaton Fire Department, which puts on the event each year for the community. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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