McKenzie’s Freedom Festival Packed with Events
McKENZIE (July 4) — Area residents celebrated Independence Day Wednesday with a day of events in McKenzie’s Freedom Festival.
The schedule began in the morning with a Children’s Parade on Waldren Street, featuring kids in patriotic garb walking or riding motorized scooters, bicycles and wagons decorated with red, white and blue. The parade was led by Uncle Sam, portrayed by Dan Grisham.
The event continued later at the Recreational Park. Food vendors were available throughout the evening. Opening ceremonies featured the posting of colors by Boy Scouts from McKenzie Troop 78, a welcome by Mayor Jill Holland, a prayer by Bro. James Hazelwood and the National Anthem performed by David Taylor.
Winners were announced for the parade and for Morning Glory Garden Club’s Most Patriotic Window and Yard of the Month.
Jonathan Chappell provided music up until dusk, when Taps was played and the colors retired.
Once darkness had set in, the lights in the park were turned off and a dazzling fireworks display was accompanied by patriotic music.
The Freedom Festival was sponsored by the City of McKenzie. Committee members included Mayor Jill Holland, Ricky French, Dan Grisham, Bridget Neisler, Jennifer Waldrup and park staff.