July 4th event in Milton continues to grow
MILTON — Milton’s 4th of July celebration began with a multi-grouped rendition of the National Anthem as American Legion Post 139 presented the colors.
The event, held at April Dawn Park, put the free in freedom, as the city and community organizations provided all drinks, food and snow cones at no cost to attendees.
Milton has hosted the event for five years, and it just keeps getting bigger and better, said Mayor Tom Canterbury.
“We are doing this as a way to bring the community together,” Canterbury said. “This doesn’t cost anyone anything. Free drinks, free hot dogs, free watermelon — it’s all free. It feels good seeing everyone come out today, and the weather is perfect.”
The great weather brought out more than a hundred people to enjoy the celebration, which featured a variety of entertainment. Kids enjoyed the splash park, inflatables and more as the more mature crowd listened to gospel music from their fold out chairs in the shade.
The event was a great way to get people out to enjoy fellowship and have a good time, said Miltonian Regina Foster.
“I think this is just a great thing for the community,” Foster said. “Maybe not everyone gets to have a good 4th at home, so this is a really good thing for them.”
Besides food and music, the event also featured soldiers with the National Guard working a rock wall, a DUI simulator courtesy West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and the mayor walking around handing out plastic star-shaped bead necklaces so everyone could celebrate in style.
Canterbury said anyone who couldn’t make it this year shouldn’t worry, the plan is to make the event even better next year.
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