ADDISON - The festival celebrating Independence Day in the Town of Addison continues to expand, to the point the festival this year has been moved to Alexander Park where a full slate of activities await the public on Thursday, July 4.
The festival, sponsored by the Addison Fire Department and Addison Rescue Squad, is a way of giving back to the community with top notch entertainment and children’s activities, all with the emphasis of celebrating the nation’s independence.
The day’s activities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade. Line-up is set for 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church on 2nd Street behind Addison Discount Pharmacy, according to Darrel Smith, with the Addison Fire Department. The parade’s route will follow Highway 278 west, turning at Hyatt’s grocery and making the loop before returning to Highway 278 and traveling east back to the church building, organizers said.
Vehicles such as fire trucks, police vehicles, ambulances and antique vehicles are all being encouraged to enter the parade.
Also in the parade will be a home manufactured by Cavalier Homes and a home manufactured by Clayton Homes, made in Addison, Smith said.
Motorcycles are also being encouraged to enter the parade. All ATV riders are required to wear helmets and be over age 12, Smith stressed.
Also featured in the parade will be a new Nissan 2020 model vehicle. Bill Smith Buick GMC of Cullman will set up a tent at the festival, and Tony Serra Nissan of Cullman will sponsor the newly built stage at Alexander Park.
A Nissan vehicle will be on display at each side of the stage, organizers said.
The stage, organizers added, will not be used just for the festival’s live entertainment, but for other events to be scheduled throughout the year.
Bill Smith will be sponsoring the American flag tent, which was a popular attraction when the festival was held in the town’s community center area near Addison schools last year. The American flag tent will be a location where people can meet, and see some of the tent’s sponsor’s vehicles, which will be on display, according to Smith.
The live entertainment at the stage area will begin at 2 p.m. with Hickory Altar performing bluegrass/gospel music. At 3 p.m., Bama Blu-Grace, a top 5 artist on the bluegrass/gospel charts, will take the stage. At 4 p.m., Lost Creek will perform, followed at 5 p.m. by Julie Preuitt Nix, of Addison as well as Shelbie Z who is known for her amazing performances on both “American Idol” and “The Voice”.
After these performances, a surprise duet will take place, which will not be announced until during the festival, according to Smith.
The Judge Talford Band will perform at 6 p.m., followed by Handshake Promise at 7 p.m. as the headline act.
After the live entertainment, the crowd will enjoy a fireworks show, which has historically ranked as not only one of the best in Winston County but in the entire region, according to organizers.
The fireworks will be set off in a field near the park in order to give the large crowd a spectacular view as it illuminates the night sky with patriotic colors. Vendors will be set up, selling a variety of food items during the event.
Organizers are offering a VIP experience, which can be found on the Addison Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, said Smith. The FB page gives instructions on how to enter to win the exclusive package, which will provide the winner with VIP parking, great seats for the live entertainment, as well as backstage passes to meet all of the visiting artists, as well as $100 credit with the food vendors.
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