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Fort Lawn is ready for small-town 4th of July
July 2, 2015
The fireworks have been ordered, the food is on its way, the volunteers are ready – everything is set for the Fort Lawn July 4th celebration, said Fort Lawn Community Center Executive Director Libby Sweatt-Lambert.
“Things are coming together beautifully,” Sweatt-Lambert said. “We have had even more support from the community. I had put out a call for volunteers, and volunteers are coming forth. We have been contacted by folks from outside of the area who are also coming to the celebration. We have people from several states who will be stopping in,” she said.
She said everybody seems to be hungry for the old-fashioned type of Fourth of July event that the celebration in Fort Lawn promises to provide.
“That's something we talked about last year when we started planning this; how did we want this event to be? Everyone was very emphatic that they wanted the celebration to be a small-town flavored event. We've had tremendous response from people who wanted this to be an old-fashioned small town event, where people are comfortable coming,” she said.
Suggestions from people who enjoyed last year's event but asked "why wasn't there a parade?" have led the planning committee to begin this year's celebration with a parade, said Sweatt-Lambert. The parade will begin at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and end at the FLCC. The parade at 5 p.m. begins the celebration, which continues with a hamburger and hotdog supper at 6 p.m. (while the Mike Faulkenberry Band provides live music,) a patriotic program at 7:30 p.m. that includes patriotic songs and speeches, and continues with patriotic music at 8:30 p.m. and the firing of the Chester Gun at 9 p.m. to herald the start of the fireworks show. The Chester Gun, owned and maintained by the Chester County Historical Society will also be fired to mark the start of the parade, and will sound several times during the celebration.
Sweatt-Lambert said the July 4th Celebration will celebrate what it means to be an American.
“Over the past several weeks, as we've had evidence of how our communities come together during tragedies, I think during this celebration of the Fourth of July we will see another example of how our communities want to be communities and how they can come together,” she said.
“We're hoping folks will come out and support all the local groups who made this possible, because there's no way we could have done it without them,” she said.
Sweatt-Lambert advises guests to get lined up to watch the parade before the 5 p.m. start time. She also advises people bring their chairs, blankets if they want to sit on the ground, and “come on out and enjoy a small town Fourth of July celebration.”