2024 Independence Day events around the county

by Staff reports

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Festivities will be in full force in several locations around the county on July 4, as local communities celebrate the national Independence Day holiday.

“The Stars and Stripes 4th of July Parade” begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Rusk, with a variety of floats and vehicles winding along the downtown square, ahead of the kickoff for a traditional fireman’s competition hosted by Rusk Fire Department. In past years, the department has set up a “cool-down” zone with water showered from a fire hose during the period between parade and competition.

On Lake Jacksonville, folks can view the annual Fourth of July Floatilla, which features a patriotic parade of boats that line up 10 a.m. at the dam, go around the lake, where homes and docks also are decorated for the holiday. The procession passes by the lake concession area.

The City of Wells will host a 10 a.m.-noon grand opening of the Wells Community Park, located at First and Homer Streets, behind the feed store near City Hall. The enclosed park features swings, a merry-go-round, tether ball, a gaga-ball pit and a playscape, officials said. There also are picnic tables for visitors’ use. The park will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Those hoping to catch firework shows have a choice of several:

• Rusk – Branded by Christ Cowboy Church will host a 6 p.m. Fourth of July celebration at the 5592 Texas Hwy 110 church, offering food, water activities, fireworks, and vendors for all to enjoy.

• Troup – Events at the First Baptist Church of Troup begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with food and fun, followed by live music at 7, and fireworks at dark. FBC The church is located at 16265 State Highway 135 N. in Troup.

• Jacksonville – Central Baptist Church, 1909 E. Rusk St. in Jacksonville, will host a 6:30 p.m. celebration with food, games, inflatables and fireworks.

• Mixon – First Baptist Church of Mixon’s free fireworks show and community picnic kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with food and activities, followed by fireworks at dark. The church is located at 4975 FM 177 in Mixon.

• Lake Jacksonville – An annual professional-quality fireworks show hosted by the Lake Jacksonville

Association begins at approximately 9:15 p.m., with those seeing a pyrotechnic display set up at the peninsula near the concession area, officials said.

• Wells – The local fire department will host its sixth annual fireworks show at the baseball field on East 6th Street, starting at dark, officials said.

In observance of Independence Day, a number of entities including government offices, businesses and financial institutions will be closed on July 4.

This includes Cherokee County offices, municipal offices in Jacksonville, Cuney, Troup, New Summerfield, Rusk, Alto, Reklaw and Wells, as well as the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the United States Postal Service and Cherokeean Herald office.

Have as safe and happy Fourth!