Local communities throughout the area came together for Independence Day, providing an array of traditional family celebrations.
One such celebration was the annual Shoals community gathering. Sponsored by the Shoals Ruritan Club, the evening festivities featured a parade, veterans’ recognition and discounted hot dogs for all, ending with a large fireworks display.
A long line of participants began the evening with a parade down Shoals Road to the community recreation center. Numerous colorful floats took part along with emergency vehicles, festive golf cars, four-wheelers and dirt bikes, as well as a representation of area veterans.
A slight rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm as parade participants waved and distributed candy to a steady crowd of residents lining the route.
Upon arrival at the Shoals Community Recreation Center, veterans were honored in a ceremony on the ball field.
Don Isaacs, past Post Commander and past District Commander of VFW Post 9436 was guest speaker for the brief ceremony. In recognizing those who have served and sacrificed, Isaacs talked about the importance and privilege of freedom.
“He also brought that closer to home,” noted Shoals Ruritan representative Wallye Jones, “by talking about the importance and blessing of communities such as Shoals, and our thankfulness for how people always come together in time of need and for celebrations such as this.”
Afterwards, as children played and residents shared conversation, some 600 hot dogs were served. The evening ended with fireworks, a fitting end to a day rich in tradition.