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Independence Day events are scheduled

The sizzling sound of meat on a grill, a (hopefully) warm summer breeze against your skin and an air of excitement as technicolor fire bursts into the night sky.

These are some of the things we crave on July 4. Light trails and smoke from a child running with a sparkler is the picturesque imagery of the ideal American, celebrating our Declaration of Independence.

It is a day to remind us of what it truly means to live in the United States. Independence Day is one of the few nationally recognized days in a year where people may gander and ponder the ever present red, white and blue flag. Perhaps we think deeper about the embedded white stars or maybe our mind travels back to grade school where we learned for the first time what the stripes mean.

Independence Day is a reminder. We see our country’s history in a traditional light, illuminated by the glow of a bonfire or the sparkling fall from Spider bursts of pyrotechnics.

“I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is worth all the Means. This is our day of deliverance.” - John Adams

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” - Benjamin Franklin

The area is celebrating with various festivities. Here is a small guide:


The Town of Hamburg will have events all weekend at Woodlawn Beach.

The main event is Thursday, July 4. There will be a massive firework display at 9:45 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the Boys of Summer will be performing in concert on the beach.

There will be a chicken barbecue from 12 - 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5. A Widow Maker charity concert at 5 p.m. and the Skydivers will perform at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. Double Shot will perform.


The Town of Eden will hold their 4th Annual Service to Honor All Veterans at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at the Eden United Methodist Church.

It will be a service of patriotic music, singing and prayers. Major Michael Senus, US Army will give a presentation on his experiences from his tours of duty in Afghanistan and the Gulf War.

Jive and Juno, two therapy dogs from “Courage to Heal,” will also be present.

The Newell-Faulkner American Legion Post 880 Color Guard will preside over the opening and closing ceremonies including: Advance of Colors, Roll Call of our deceased Veterans, and Taps.

There will be refreshments afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.

It is free and open to the public. The air conditioning will be on.

Feel free to call the church at 992-4211 to call in a name of a loved one for roll call.

The Eden United Methodist Church is located at 2820 East Church St., Eden.


The Town of Boston will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration with music and fireworks.

The Boston Town Band will perform at 8 p.m. playing classic tunes from the decades. There will be a firework display at 10 p.m.

Bring coolers, lawn chairs and blankets for your convenience.

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