Live Oak —
Folks don’t have to travel far to celebrate America’s independence from Great Britain. There are several Fourth of July events happening around the county. Here’s a rundown of what’s on slate for this weekend.
Live Oak Freedom Festival
The first ever Freedom Festival will take place in downtown Live Oak beginning at 6 p.m. tonight.
Music will start at 6 with bands taking the stage at Millennium Park and the train depot.
Food vendors will be set up on Warren Street, with crafts and other types of vendors lined up on US 90 from Pine to Houston Avenue.
A Freedom 5K Run is scheduled for 7 p.m. which will be preceded by a Veterans March on Haines Street. Registration for the Freedom Run will be from 6-6:45 p.m. All participants will receive an event T-shirt. The race will start and finish at the train depot.
Fireworks will be launched at 9:30 p.m. from the area of Stoudemire’s parking lot.
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
The Band of Brothers and the Justin Case Band will highlight Fourth of July festivities at The Spirt of the Suwannee Music Park. Tonight, the Band of Brothers of Mayo will take the stage at 8 p.m. until midnight in the Music Hall.
The Justin Case Band will entertain folks from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday.
The park has partnered with the Live Oak Freedom Festival to provide free shuttle buses to transport guests to downtown Live Oak at 4 and 7 p.m.
Branford River Reunion
If you live in Southern Suwannee County, the Branford River Reunion at Hatch Park is the place to be today.
At 2 p.m., the Rotary Club Duck Race will be held at Ivey Memorial Park. The festivities will then move to Hatch Park for the opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Bounce houses and fun activities will be available for children. At 3:30 p.m., children can participate in jump rope, hula hoop and chalk murals.