Cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day at the Mill

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Main Street Por­terdale will cel­e­brate the Fourth with an all-day fes­ti­val in­clud­ing live mu­sic, ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, ven­dors, food and adult bev­er­ages.

Main Street Di­rec­tor Teri Haler said fes­ti­val-go­ers can ex­pect some changes to the usual itin­er­ary.

“This is the first year we haven’t had a pa­rade,” Haler said. “And in­stead we in­vited a large band from At­lanta.”

In the spirit of do­ing some­thing un­ex­pected, Haler in­vited eight-piece band Az Izz, who will head­line at 6 p.m. in the Porter Me­mo­rial Gym­na­sium for $10 a seat or $100 for an eight-per­son ta­ble.

Sev­eral other mu­si­cians and groups will play live mu­sic through­out the day for free.

Be­cause Cony­ers will not be host­ing fire­works at the horse park this year, Haler said res­i­dents from sur­round­ing coun­ties are wel­come to come to Por­terdale and ex­pe­ri­ence all the area has to of­fer.

This in­cludes lo­cal food ven­dors and adult bev­er­ages for sale to those 21 and older pro­vided by Jimbo’s Grill at the Mill and Dirty Dogs.

Por­terdale is unique in that it al­lows open con­tain­ers dur­ing cer­tain events, and its Fourth cel­e­bra­tion will be no ex­cep­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Haler ex­pects more than 20 dif­fer­ent ven­dors will set up at the Main Street area to sell crafts, art and other hand­made goods.

With­out the pa­rade, Haler wanted to make sure there was still some­thing for ev­ery­one to do. That is why the same pub­lic ser­vice of­fi­cials will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­mu­nity-wide event.

Po­lice Humvees will be at the park, a fire truck will be on dis­play and Sergeant Nina, Por­terdale’s K9 of­fi­cer, will be there to in­ter­act with kids. At the ball field at BC Crow­ell Park, chil­dren can en­joy four in­flat­a­bles, face paint­ing and games.

To cap off the day, the 20-minute fire­works show will be­gin at 9:30 p.m. Fire­works will be launched from the Yel­low River park over the down­town district.

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