The Cultural Center’s Independence Day celebration returns this Saturday | New

After a two-year hiatus, the annual Independence Day concert and picnic returns to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) this Saturday, July 3 at 7 p.m. on the front lawn.

The event is free and will include a live concert, picnic, and plenty of red, white, and blue backdrops to celebrate America’s founding in 1776. Attendees are welcome to bring picnic baskets, coolers, tables and chairs. Space is on a first come, first served basis. The MMCC offers a very limited number of “circles of sponsorship” which include a table and two benches for a Gold level donation.

“Along with the Independence Day celebration of our freedom, we are delighted to be released after our period of isolation,” said Betsy Morehouse, chair of the MMCC board of directors. “We hope that many will join us at the Center on July 3 to continue our tradition – and celebrate twice to make up for the lost year.”

The Classic City Band of Athens is preparing to give a free concert of traditional patriotic music. According to the MMCC, “The Classic City Band of Athens is the oldest active community group in Georgia. Founded in 1976 with the aim of preserving the rich cultural heritage of the American marching band, this non-profit organization gives free concerts throughout the year in Athens and surrounding communities. The group’s repertoire includes all types of music: marches, jazz, pop, performance arias, extracts from operas and musicals, as well as traditional and classical selections.

MMCC encourages those planning to attend to secure a guaranteed space and table with sponsorship. Limited opportunities are available. Call the Center at (706) 342-4743 for details. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is located at 434 South Main Street in Madison. The cultural center is located at 434 South Main Street in Madison.

After the celebration, the town of Madison will host a fireworks display nearby. At dusk, the town of Madison will launch fireworks from Bill Wood Park on Saturday, July 3, as families snuggle up next to loved ones to watch the patriotic spectacle glittering in the sky. It is also a free event.

Bill Wood Park will also be hosting pre-show festivities upstream. City leaders encourage participants to follow CDC guidelines for gatherings with people from multiple households, recommending physical distance between groups.

“To watch top notch fireworks, we recommend that you lay down to enjoy the show,” a press release from the City of Madison said. Fireworks can be seen from Bill Wood Park, located at 1000 Heritage Park Circle in Madison, Morgan County High School, located at 1231 College Drive in Madison, Morgan County Middle School, located at 1201 College Drive in Madison, Morgan County Elementary School, located at 1640 Old Buckhead Road in Madison, and Morgan County Elementary School, located at 993 East Avenue in Madison.

“Parking lots are all great options,” officials told those planning to watch the fireworks.

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