Seymour’s annual Independence Day celebration, “Let Freedom Ring,” arrives this weekend.
Held Saturday on the Seymour square and at the city’s South Park, the all-day event includes a car show, free music, several contests, kids’ games and a free fireworks show once the sun sets.
Organized by the Seymour Community Development Association (SCDA), The Seymour Bank is the celebration’s presenting sponsor.
“We feel that this year’s celebration will be our best one yet,” SCDA President Sheila Sturdefant said. “We’ve got a little bit of everything. The car show takes place in the morning and early afternoon, then we move to the South Park where all kinds of things are planned.”
There is no cost to attend.
The car show on the city square, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts in Seymour, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m.
Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.
After a slight break, things get going at the South Park, where the first event is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by Seymour’s Mr. Dent. The tourney gets under way at 4 p.m.
Also at 4 p.m., the “$5 Kids’ Zone,” presented by Lucky Discount Lumber of Seymour, opens for business. In the unique venue, children pay a fee of $5 for unlimited use of a wide variety of fun attractions, including a large bounce house. The $5 Kids’ Zone will remain open for five hours until 9 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m., the Seymour Nazarene Church’s worship team will perform at the park’s pavilion for an hour-long singing, followed from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. by the “One-Horse Town Band,” also in the pavilion.
Seymour’s Price Cutter grocery store is sponsoring two fun eating contests.
First is an adult hotdog-eating competition that starts at 7 p.m.
Next is a kids’ watermelon-eating contest set to start at 7:15 p.m.
Prizes will be awards for winners in each event.
The final band of the evening, “White Oak Revival,” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the pavilion and will play for two hours until 9:30 p.m.
Sponsors of the two bands are the Seymour Merchants’ Association and the Webster County Citizen.
Set for 8 p.m. are a variety of kids’ games with prizes again awarded.
Once the sun sets, likely around 9 to 9:15 p.m., the free fireworks show will begin. Presented by Dynomite Fireworks of Seymour, a $5,000 donation for the fireworks was made by the city of Seymour.
Those who attend Saturday’s celebration are urged to bring lawn chairs, especially for the fireworks.
Organizers said a wide variety of vendors will be at the South Park as many concessions and food items, including drinks, will be available to purchase.
Event organizers added that no dogs are allowed at Let Freedom Ring.