Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Watermelon, Fireworks and More on Tap; Plenty of Independence Day Fun This Weekend across the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Watermelon, Fireworks and More on Tap; Plenty of Independence Day Fun This Weekend across the Region

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

Big Fourth of July fun can be found in Brantley County and neighboring Southeast Georgia communities, with some festivities being held today.

The seventh annual Freedom Day Celebration begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Brantley County High School's Heron Stadium in Nahunta. It is sponsored by the Brantley County Ministerial Alliance.

The fun-packed festival includes free watermelon, lemonade, water slides and bounce houses. The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Sponsored by the Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization, there will be a concession stand offering hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy and other goodies.

In addition, there will be free horse rides for small children, a gospel sing, patriotic songs and speeches. For more information, call the Rev. Wayne Higginbotham at King Memorial Baptist Church, (912) 778-4361.

Folks in Darien are celebrating Independence Day today with the Red, White and Blues on the Bluff celebration featuring music by Mason Waters and the Groove Allstars beginning at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The festivities will be at Darien Waterfront Park.

Admission is $10 for age 13 through adults; $5 for kids 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. The event is sponsored by the Darien-McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the chamber at (912) 437-6684.

Here's a roundup of the region's other festivities Saturday:

-- Brunswick: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Mary Ross Waterfront Park downtown. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with games, prizes and free watermelon slices followed by fireworks at dark. For more information, call the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association at (912) 262-6934.

-- Darien: Cannons Across the Marsh at Fort King George will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be artillery drills, musket firings and re-enactments of a Colonial soldier's daily life. Watermelon and lemonade will be included in the cost of admission, which ranges from $3.50 to $5 per person depending on age. …

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