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Annual Fourth of July celebration draws sizable crowd

By Tamas Mondovics
Photos by David Holloway

A sizable crowd gathered to celebrate this 4th of July in Mountain City, which included a parade on Main Street, followed by performances on the stage at Ralph Stout Park.The pleasant sunny afternoon was completed with an impressive display of fireworks, also held at the park, which is traditionally coupled with the event across the nation.

This year’s parade, which was first said to be canceled was once again held and organized by the Chamber of Commerce encouraging children to decorate their trikes, bikes, wagons and buggies and ride in the parade. The lineup began at 4 p.m. at Mountain City Elementary School and the parade started promptly a half hour later as members of the community lined the streets to cheer the procession on.

Candidates strutted their signs advertising their candidacy and soliciting the favor of local voters. State Representative Timothy Hill was scheduled to take part in the festivities and speak to the crowd gathered at the park along with City and County Mayors and local government officials including Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece and his wife Temple.
The Johnson County Honor Guard presentation of Colors and National Anthem by Jamie McNutt added to the event’s patriotic setting not to mention fun, food and celebration that followed the following the parade. The Johnson County Children’s Community Singers, The Flower Pearl Groove Bank and The Famous Unknowns featuring Randy Dandurrand also took turns to perform to complete a full day of celebration.

Please enjoy the 2018 Mountain City, TN, 4th of July celebration in photos below.