The Madisonville Chamber of Commerce brings back its Old-Fashioned 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4, 2020 on the banks of the Tchefuncte River.
The celebration starts off at 11:00 am with a parade through town starting at the Maritime Museum and ending at the Riverfront in front of Madisonville Town Hall. Families, groups, bands and kids with decorated bikes are all invited to be in the parade. The parade ends with a tribute to veterans on Town Hall lawn; veterans are encouraged to contact organizers to inquire about riding in the parade.
Enjoy DJ music, games, contests and the Miss Madisonville Beauty Pageant for girls ages 4-10. Fest food includes hot-dogs, roasted corn-on-the-cob, red beans & rice, and a variety of down-home delights including a watermelon-eating contest.
Activities for the kids include games like tug-of-war, sack races. For the adults, a Winner-Take-All Horseshoe Tournament. Register on website early in the day as slots fill quickly. All young ladies are invited to participate in the 4th of July Pageant, no experience necessary! Categories include Wee Miss (4-5 yrs.), Little Miss (6-7 yrs.), Young Miss (8-9 yrs.). Check website for registration deadlines.
Fireworks begin just after dark. Bring your chairs, coolers and picnic baskets and find a spot on the riverfront to enjoy the fun! The event is free to the public. Street parking available throughout the town. Baby changing station at Town Hall.
10:00 - Parade line-up at Maritime Museum
11:00 - Parade begins
12:00 - Welcome by the Mayor; Veterans activities begin; Kids' games start at Town Hall
12:00 - Sales begin for food, water, soft drinks and T-shirts
1:00 - Registration for Horseshoe Tournament begins
1:30 - Beauty Pageant begins
2:00 - DJ music until 6:00 pm
2:30 - Watermelon Eating Contest begins
5:00 - Rooster Crowing Contest
8:30 - Fireworks Show at Riverfront
For more information, please visit http://madisonville4thjuly.com or https://www.facebook.com/pg/madisonvilleoldfashioned4thofjuly.
Fireworks photo by Joanie Johnston.