- ‘Let Freedom Ring’ is Saturday

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, music and a free fireworks show once the sun sets.

In between, there will be a variety of food vendors and even a kids’ train ride.

There is no cost to attend.

The event, now in its third year, is organized by the Seymour Community Development Association (SCDA).

“We are very excited for this year’s celebration,” SCDA President Sheila Sturdefant said. “We’ve got a little bit of everything. The car show takes place on the square, then we move to the South Park.”

First up is the car show on the city square, which runs from 5 to 6 p.m.

“It’s not a car show with trophies and prizes ... it’s more of a cruise-in event,” Sturdefant explained. “We’re just asking people to cruise up to the square and even cruise around the square.”

At 6 p.m., things get going at the South Park, where the Seymour Nazarene Church’s praise-and-worship team will perform at the park’s pavilion for an hour-long performance, followed from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. by a concert from the band “White Oak Revival,” also in the pavilion.

Sturdefant said White Oak Revival played at last year’s celebration.

“We really wanted local businesses and organizations to be at this event and allow us to help them a little bit,” she said. “With the (COVID-19) virus, we had to make a lot of adjustments and changes, but we’re still going to have a celebration, and I think we’ll have a great turnout.”

She added that there will be a four-car train for kids, along with a cotton candy machine, both sponsored by the Seymour R-II School District’s Care To Learn program.

The Seymour Victory Academy will be serving hotdogs, drinks and even meal packages.

Many more local businesses will make a presence at this year’s Let Freedom Ring; some will have items for sale.

“We really want for people to stop by and see what’s going on this Saturday,” Sturdefant noted.

“There really haven’t been any type of community events going on anywhere for several months, so we hope people will come out and spend the evening with us.”

Once the sun sets, likely around 9 to 9:15 p.m., the free fireworks show will begin. Presented by Dynomite Fireworks of Seymour, the estimated 30- to 45-minute show, provided by a $5,000 donation from the city of Seymour, is regarded as one of the best shows in the Ozarks.

Those who attend Saturday’s celebration are urged to bring lawn chairs, especially for the fireworks.

Sturdefant said the Seymour FFA will park cars, and she added that patrons can choose to stay in their vehicles for the fireworks show is they desire to maintain social distancing.

“This is the first major event in our community since March, and we hope people get out and come since they can distance themselves,” she concluded.

“This event is great because everyone coming can maintain the distance with which they are comfortable.”

Organizers said a wide variety of vendors will be at the South Park as many concession and food items, including drinks, will be available to purchase.

Event organizers reminded visitors that no dogs, even if leashed, are allowed at Let Freedom Ring.

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