Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Devoting 2 Days to Celebration of Fourth; the Holiday Will End with Fireworks Choreographed to Patriotic Music

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Devoting 2 Days to Celebration of Fourth; the Holiday Will End with Fireworks Choreographed to Patriotic Music

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

Organizers say the sixth annual American Pie Fourth of July celebration in Orange Park will be bigger and better than ever.

There will be more volunteers, more food and more free games for kids at this year's celebration Sunday and Monday at Moosehaven Retirement Community on Park Avenue in Orange Park, said event co-chairman Jim Cribb.

"And it will truly be a world-class fireworks show," Cribb said."We've got a great committee. Things are going well."

Chevrolet Dealers of North Florida, who donated a record-setting $10,000 to the event, plan to enter an 18-wheeler tractor trailer filled with new cars and trucks in the River Road parade at noon on Monday.

"It's neat, it's something different," said Cribb. Participants will include car, motorcycle and military clubs, clowns, Scouting groups and the Historical Society of Orange Park.

On Monday River Road will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for a parade expected to feature about 50 units including Scout troops and military vehicles. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three parade floats.

Local bands performing are Turning Point and Granite. Also, vendors have registered to sell funnel cakes, seafood, shaved ice, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken dinners. More than a dozen businesses and crafters plan to set up information booths.

Pie-baking and pie-eating contests will be held Monday. Pies will be judged on appearance, taste and theme originality with prizes provided by local restaurants.

Fireworks should begin around 9:30 p.m.

Spectators should bring a radio because Orange Park Medical Center, Chevrolet dealers of North Florida and other businesses paid to have the show choreographed to patriotic music. Radio station WOKV (690 AM) has agreed to simulcast the music track to allow thousands along River Road and hundreds of boaters to hear the music as fireworks are fired from an offshore barge on the St. Johns River. The music will be played over the public address system and several radios will be placed at Moosehaven but residents should bring their own radio. …

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