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By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 30, 2014 - 3:33:54pm
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation — no longer under the dominion of an English king.
The U.S. Census reports there were 2.5 million people living in the U.S. in July 1776; this year, the U.S. population is estimated at 318.4 million.
Fourth of July celebrations in West Volusia will include special ceremonies, backyard barbecues, red-white-and blue decorations and flags, parades and fireworks.
Here’s a listing of public events marking the holiday:
• DeBary — The city's "Freedom and Fireworks" Fourth of July event is scheduled 4-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive in DeBary. Live entertainment will be continuous, as will free activities for kids and adults. Admission and parking are free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The park offers areas to stroll past the water, enjoy the outdoors, and picnic.
• Deltona — The City of Deltona's 10th annual "July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza" is set for 6-10 p.m. July 4 at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex at 1190 Saxon Blvd. Music will be provided by the popular local blues-and-rock group, Then2Now. Bean-bag tosses, sack races and bounces houses will keep the youngsters occupied. A 20-minute fireworks show will start at 9:15 p.m. Food, drinks and souvenirs will be available for purchase.
Free shuttle-bus service between City Hall at 2345 Providence Boulevard and the sports complex is scheduled 5:30- 8:45 p.m., with return service 9:45-10:15 p.m. Shuttles will not be equipped for handicapped use, due to safety concerns. At the end of the event, traffic exiting Dewey O. Boster Sports Park will be allowed to turn right only, heading east toward Providence Boulevard. Admission is free.
• Lake Helen — An Independence Day parade and fireworks will celebrate our country's beginning. Assembly for the parade, sponsored by the Veterans Community Education Partnership for West Volusia, will begin at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Bank at 520 W. Main St. The parade will roll at 10 a.m., and travel on North Summit Avenue, then turn east (right) on West New York Avenue, and finally traveling south along Lakeshore Drive to Blake Park at Ohio Avenue.
At the park, an 11 a.m. opening ceremony will be followed by activities, including a watermelon eating contest at 1 p.m. and (naturally) a 1:30 p.m. seed-spitting contest. Then, events will shift to Royal Park at 6 p.m., with music by Mack Meadows, and at 8:45 p.m. will be the sky-lantern launch. The American Legion Post will offer sky lanterns for sale for $5. Fireworks will light the sky at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
• Pierson — The Town of Pierson is putting on a "Family Fun Celebration" 4-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Chipper Jones Ball Field at 124 W. Washington Avenue in Pierson. An opening ceremony and invocation is set for 6 p.m. Fireworks by Four Seasons Display begin at 9 p.m. DJ Lew Laird will provide music throughout the event. Food and vendors will be set up, and games and activities booths will be ongoing. Admission is free.
Orange City's firework celebration was earlier, on June 28.
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