Communities across Barry County to celebrate 4th
Patriotic displays to light spirits, skies
Communities across the county will be celebrating Independence Day the first week of July with picnics, barbecues and spectacular fireworks displays.
Many of the displays are made available due to donations from local businesses and community organizations.
“The first year, we spent our own money and people liked it so much they wanted to donate to it,” said Julie Terry of Terry Family Fireworks of Purdy’s annual fireworks display. “So we’re appreciative of those who donate to the effort. “Our sons and some of their friends do the show.”
Families will have plenty of places to go, and should pack their lawn chairs and blankets into the car and get settled in for a memorable evening at any of the following venues.
The Purdy community will host its annual picnic and fireworks display on Tuesday at The Gathering Place (across from Ramey’s), located at Highway C and Business Highway 37.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with musical entertainment all evening, and a meal consisting of a jumbo hot dog, chips, baked beans, and a drink will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $5.
Musical entertainment will include Bradley Lueckenhoff, Playboyz, Screen Door Serenade and Eddie Valen Band. A fireworks display will begin at dark. Highway C will be closed through the center of town beginning at 3 p.m., with detour signs posted.
As in years past, fireworks dealers Ken and Julie Terry, of Terry Family Fireworks, are providing the event to the community.
“We just do it because we want to,” said Julie Terry. “This is our fourth or fifth year for the fireworks show, and I think it grows bigger every year. You don’t have to park three miles away and walk, and it’s always a great night.”
A rain date is scheduled for July 4.
Roaring River Health and Rehab, 801 Old Exeter Road, will host its annual fireworks display and 4th of July presentation on Saturday for the facility’s residents, family members and the general public. Watermelon will be available at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at dusk.
The Shell Knob Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 39th annual Fire and Thunder Fireworks Show on July 4, and what makes it unique from other area displays is that in true lakeside-community fashion, guests watch the spectacular light display from the water. So the best views of the show, which lasts about 25 minutes and will start at dusk, according to Twilia Harrison, Shell Knob Chamber executive director, are from a boat.
Up to 500 or more boats typically arrive to watch the display, making it an inspiring scene.
The event will take place approximately one mile east of the Shell Knob Bridge.
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will also be celebrating the holiday near the water with their annual Fired Up & Smokin’ event on July 7, said Pam Stilwell, assistant chief firefighter.
The fireworks show, which begins at dusk, will take place on the southeast corner of Table Rock Bridge off Highway 86, and the show can be viewed from the campgrounds and by boat.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot, and may park in the campgrounds, on both sides of the highway, or at the fire station and walk down.
The event, which is attended by thousands of residents each year, is made possible by community donations collected by the department throughout the year for fireworks.
At press time, donations were still coming in.
“We’re not sure [of a total] yet,” Stilwell said. “We have two weeks to go, but normally, we raise between $18 to $20,000.”
But even before the light show begins, the celebration — one of the largest and longest in the county — lasting about 45 minutes, starts early, with its sought-after barbecue sandwiches and trimmings made at the department’s Station No. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 7 p.m.
Adult plates include choice of beef brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, or brat, with baked beans, coleslaw and drink, for $8 each; or a brat with chips and drink for $6.
A Kids’ Meal, for ages 10 and under, include a regular hot dog, chips and drink for $4 a plate.
Drinks, sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, sides and chips will also be sold a la carte.
“At 7 p.m., we’ll start putting things away,” said Stilwell. “That gives us enough time to get things cleaned up and positioned for the fireworks.”
Donations are still being accepted, and can be made by mail to Eagle Rock Fire Station, 30625 State Hwy. 86, Eagle Rock, MO 65641. Or by calling Station No. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 417-271-3642.
A rain date is scheduled for July 8.
The Wheaton Volunteer Fire District will host one of the largest area fireworks displays with its traditional 4th of July Freedom Jam on July 4 at 7 p.m. in the Wheaton City Park.
Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda, water and ice cream, will be for sale beginning at 6 p.m.
Entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. will be provided by Clayton Ray and Hank Wilhelm.
Fireworks will begin at dusk.
For the latest news and updates on the event, visit the department at www.facebook.com. Wheaton fire
families are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to all area 4th of July events.
The city of Seligman will be hosting its annual 4th of July celebration, with food and a fireworks display.
The festivities and fun, which includes free grilled hamburgers, will begin on the grounds behind City Hall at 5 p.m.
Each year, the city has provided fireworks for the event, and the Seligman Chamber of Commerce provides the food, to give back to the community.
This year, The Flying Buzzards will be at the event to provide musical entertainment.
A playground and fun splash pad is available to keep children entertained.
“The music starts at 6:30 or 7 p.m.,” said Carol Frost, Seligman mayor. “Then at dark we’ll have fireworks. And the kids can play in the splash pad.”
The patriotic fireworks display and festivities are open to Seligman and other area residents.
Limited seating is available. Guests are advised to bring chairs and blankets.