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Region 8 -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Celebrating the 4th of July in Region 8

July 4, 2005 – Posted at 4:19 p.m. CDT

REGION 8 -- For many, the Fourth of July is a day to relax, fire up the grill and enjoy being an American. Celebrations are going on all across Region 8 Monday with folks taking time to be with friends and family.

“It was the day that we signed the Declaration of Independence and the first day America, the USA, got it's independence,” said Kinman Cobey as he watched a parade go by his front yard.

“The best part is freedom,” said J.T. Wooldridge.

You can celebrate the Fourth of July just about anyway you want. From grilling out and playing horseshoes.

“The best part is not having to go to work, just sit out relax and enjoy the day!” said camper Tonja Martin.

Or going for a swing with your dad after a long day of fishing.

“You throw it and roll it in,” said three-year-old Anna Redman who spent the day fishing with her dad Phillip.

You can also enjoy a parade going by...you might even see some familiar faces if you look real close.

“They're just having fun and celebrating patriotism and red, white and blue,” said Jill Jernigan who drove her grandchildren through the Sage Meadows parade in a patriotic golf cart.

But the bottom line is to enjoy the day, no matter what you're doing.

Four-year-old Paige Wadkins spent her Fourth of July riding rides at the Portia Picnic, “I love the fireworks and the rides and I love to do sparklers!”

“We just plan to BBQ, and play some more horse shoes and try to have a good time,” said Josh McMaster who was spending the day with friends at the Craighead Forest Park.

And the best part of the holiday...

“Not having the interruption of school!” said Cobey.

While the Fourth of July does hold a little bit of something for everyone, most folks said they are holding out for the big event later in the evening.

“I like the fire-go-works!” laughed Redman.

“I like the fireworks,” said Josh Jernigan, and his sister Jessica agreed, “They are the best thing!”

 But the best part...when they go “Boom!” giggled Redman.

Monday night will be the big show in Jonesboro. Fireworks are scheduled to go off during the “Freedom Festival” at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds.

The show starts at 9:30 and you can look for live coverage of the event on KAIT.

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