By Doug Brooks
Since 1949, the Jasper Lions Club has developed and sponsored an Independence Day Celebration for the citizens of Pickens County. Lion Tony Pishnery is chairing the 2011 Celebration Committee, and the theme this year is America, Free and Proud.
Looking back at history a bit, we know that we also call it the Fourth of July since that was the date in 1776 the U.S. Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. That document announced the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Britain. Celebrating the day as a holiday became common only after the War of 1812.
The annual parade will be Monday, July 4, on Main Street starting at 10 a.m. (line up at 8:30 in the field behind the Jasper United Methodist Church). The parade will begin at the intersection of South Main Street and West Spring Street, will continue north on Main Street, turn left on College Street, turn left on Mark Whitfield Street, turn right on Stegall Drive and end at Lee Newton Park. Jasper Lion PCC Mark Miller will be the MC of the parade.
See list of entertainers and other event information in this week's print edition now on sale.