Party like it’s 1776

COLTON WILLIAMS, 1, tries to grab bubbles created by his mother, Jessica Williams.

RICHMOND – Hundreds of people turned out in and around Southview Park in Richmond for the annual Great American Celebration.

The annual celebration, always on the Friday before the July 4 holiday, included a variety of free and low-cost family activities and concessions to benefit the community. 

The evening started with a free swim at the pool, with youngsters jumping from the rock climbing wall and surrounding the Heartland Mermaid in the pool and later at the photo booth. The community also took advantage of free watermelon cut into chunks by the new Ray County queen, Isabelle Rogers; a variety of music, including “YMCA” featuring the police, offered by Sound Worx; and fireworks.

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event in cooperation with the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, and community businesses and organizations: Missouri Farm and Home Mutual Insurance, MLM Farms, Hidden Valley Funeral Home, Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation, Ray County Memorial Hospital,  Sonic, Tequilas Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, All Sports Club, Richmond Shell, Harps, Dave’s Country Mart, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Art and Soul Studio, Spike and Ms. Blue Balloon Twisters and Henkel.

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