Final Preparations Are Being Made For American Downtown 4th of July CelebrationJune 30, 2014
Technology provided by CenturyLink and Computer Pros, Inc. will bring new activities to the American Downtown 4th of July Celebration. Shown at the gazebo in the Big Spring area are, from left: John Hance and Vice President Justin Hoilman, both of Computer Pros, and CenturyLink’s Jerry Gillen, customer service technician, and Robert Kricko, area plant supervisor.
Skype from Greeneville with a Member of the Armed Forces
An exciting new partnership with CenturyLink will bring technological advances to this year’s American Downtown 4th of July Celebration to be held Friday at the Big Spring area.
From the parade to the fireworks, organizers are making final preparations, including plans for a Skype session with a local member of the military who is stationed overseas.
“We recognize that our freedom to celebrate Independence Day does not come free, so we wanted to include our military in this year’s celebration,” said event organizer Amy Rose, Town of Greeneville Public Relations Manager.
At around 9 p.m., everyone gathered near the Big Spring gazebo, behind the Greeneville-Greene County Library, will have the opportunity to participate in the group Skype session, Rose said.
Event sponsors CenturyLink and Computer Pros, Inc. are providing the Internet infrastructure and computer equipment for the Skype session, which will be projected to the crowd.
Other technological advances include free open WiFi for event-goers to access during the festivities. Also, live Internet video streaming of the event will be provided by the Student Tech/Video Team of the Greeneville City Schools. The live streaming can be viewed at http://live.gcschools.tv/.
American Downtown kicks off at 2 p.m. with a parade down Main Street. Downtown churches have been asked to ring their bells as the parade begins, to echo the theme “Let Freedom Ring.”
Grand Marshal will be Scott Jones, as seen on The History Channel’s “Counting Cars,” who will be accompanied by Dale Kyker and KXA Mafia, of Kyker’s Xtreme Automotive on Tusculum Boulevard.
The parade route begins on Bohannon Avenue and ends at Calvary Chapel, the former Kiser Funeral Home building.
The Exchange Club of Greeneville is overseeing the parade lineup and asks that entries begin lining up at noon. Any entries that have paid the fee to be judged for prizes are asked to enter the driveway at Greeneville Builders Supply from Austin Street, which is off Tusculum Boulevard.
“We have about 75 entries in this year’s parade,” Rose said. “The lineup includes a wide variety, so we hope everyone will line the streets to see all the excitement.”
Immediately following the parade, everyone can bring their chairs and blankets to the Big Spring for a full lineup of entertainment, beginning at 2:30, and the Funville Kids Zone, featuring free inflatables.
Christ United Methodist Church will oversee the kids activities. The schedule for kids includes:
• 3 p.m. making cards for soldiers;
• 4 p.m. balloon animals/hats;
• 6 p.m. watermelon seed spitting contest;
• 7 p.m. making of liberty bell banners for local emergency workers and other crafts.
At 5 p.m., everyone will want to be on hand to see who wins the Yankee Noodle Dandy macaroni cooking contest, which includes categories for adults, ages 6-12, and ages 13-18. The contest is being overseen by chef Jan Charles.
In addition to the scheduled kids activities, the Funville Kids Zone will have sidewalk chalk, bubbles and other do-it-yourself games until 8 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult for activities held under the tents.
The Funville Kids Zone will be located in the parking lot next to Walters State Community College.
Nearly 20 musical and dance acts will perform on two stages in the Big Spring area.
Festival-goers will once again have the luxury of enjoying alternating performances from two stages without leaving their seats in the Big Spring area.
Headlining the event is the unique sound of Annabelle’s Curse, who will take the stage at 8:25 p.m.
The sound of Annabelle’s Curse, from Bristol, can be described as Americana folk with a twist.
Other new additions to the American Downtown musical lineup this year are: swing tunes from Heppy Kats, original rhythm & blues from Frank Bowman & the New Chronic Dream, classics by JB (John Brown) and the Wild Honey Band, and bluegrass from Lonesome Pine, all local favorites.
Several entertainers are returning to the American Downtown lineup this year, including 9-year-old Madison Metcalf, who will sing the National Anthem prior to the fireworks show.
Other returning acts providing a mix of pure country, contemporary Christian, and high-energy rock include: Richard Spain, Savannah Faith, Makayla Edwards with Tyler Warren, Nick Fillers & the Fugitives, R.J. Smith, Step Cousins, Claxton Creek, and Capgun Alliance.
In addition to the music, three local dance groups will provide entertainment. Winter & Company and LMH Cloggers will return this year and will be joined by Studio 922.
The following is the complete entertainment schedule for the day: Richard Spain, 2:30; Heppy Kats, 2:50; Tyler Warren & Makayla Edwards, 3:20; Winter & Company, 3:50; Nick Fillers & the Fugitives, 4:10; R.J. Smith, 4:40; Step Cousins, 5:10; Savannah Faith, 5:40; Frank Bowman & the New Chronic Dream, 6:10; LMH Cloggers, 6:40; Claxton Creek, 7:10; Capgun Alliance, 7:40; Studio 922, 8:05; Annabelle’s Curse, 8:25; Lonesome Pine, 9:05; JB & the Wild Honey Band, 9:30; National Anthem by Madison Metcalf, 10 p.m.
The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display, much larger than last year’s, to be launched from the hill behind Greeneville High School’s Burley Stadium.
Rose suggested coming to the event with an appetite, because a variety of food vendors will be on site:
• Auntie Ruth’s – homemade donuts, soft pretzels
• Evia’s Kettle Corn – kettle corn, apple fritters, ice cream
• Mr. Turkey Leg – turkey legs, chicken on a stick, corn dogs, French fries, cheddar rounds, funnel
• Sno-Biz – lemonade, frozen lemonade, cotton candy, shaved ice
• Sunshine’s Kitchen – hand-pattied hamburgers
• Top Dog Catering – hot dogs, polish sausage, bratwurst, mettwurst, Italian sausage, strawberry shortcake
• Tray’s BBQ – pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, wings
Most of these vendors also will be offering a variety of beverages.
Admission to American Downtown is free, thanks to numerous sponsors: Gold-Level sponsors Landair Transport, Inc., and Porter’s Tire Service; Silver-Level sponsors Greeneville Federal Bank, Greeneville Oil & Petroleum, Inc., DTR Tennessee, Inc., and Computer Pros; Bronze-Level sponsors Andrew Johnson Bank, Consumer Credit Union, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Meco Corporation, Summers-Taylor, Inc., Takoma Regional Hospital, and Walmart Distribution Center; additional sponsors CenturyLink, Fatz, and Food City; and media sponsors Radio Greeneville and The Greeneville Sun.