Independence Day celebrations go on


Fourth festivities across Madison County

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski & Mallory Powell - Mkwiatkowski@aimmediamidwest.com - MPowell@aimmediamidwest.com



Cars are lined up at Mount Sterling’s Dairy Freeze for their car show as part of the Community Days Festival.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

The Timmons Brothers, Dave, center, and John, right, host their annual trivia show, held at Mount Sterling’s Community Center.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London High School’s Marching band heads south down Main Street.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Members of London’s United Veterans Organization salute the flag and wave at passerbys.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Rev. Gordon Johnson of the First Presbyterian Church, grand marshal for this years London Fourth of July parade drives down Main Street, waving at attendees.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London’s Fourth of July parade makes its approach down Main Street after leaving Cowling Park.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Families across Madison County celebrated Independence Day Tuesday, such as Dr. Mitch Spahn, center row, center left, with his wife Sheri. Tim Wilson, top row, center right, said he feels their barbecues are some of the best in town.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London High School’s Marching band heads south down Main Street.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Spiderman makes his way past London’s State Theater as part of the local theater’s float for the city’s Fourth of July Parade.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London High School’s Football team marches near the Madison County Courthouse.


Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Members of the Harvest Church tossed candy to spectators during the West Jefferson parade Tuesday.


Mallory Powell | The Madison Press

Bambino’s of West Jefferson made their way through the parade on Tuesday.


Mallory Powell | The Madison Press

Featured in the West Jefferson parade was the Ox Roast royalty.


Mallory Powell | The Madison Press

Two-hundred and forty-six years ago on July 4, 1776, the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, a date celebrated with much fanfare across Madison County in 2017.

The five-day celebration faced wild weather, from rain, wind and a humid heat. Despite that, from Plain City to Mount Sterling, Madison Countians celebrated their country’s birthday.

On Saturday, Mount Sterling’s Community Days Festival continued with festivities across town. A street market organized by the village’s Market Crew business association featured about a dozen vendors selling all sort of crafts and home goods. The Dairy Freeze hosted a car show, with about 40 or more cars from Volkswagen’s to hot rods featured.

At Veterans Park, rides, food and fun went on all day, with highlights including the Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia show, an event they host for free only in Mount Sterling during the festival.

West Jefferson kicked off their celebration Sunday with it’s annual Streetfest, which ran from July 2 to July 4. Music, rides and more were run along South Center and Pearl streets. The village ended festivities Tuesday with a parade and fireworks.

London started Monday night with the Raider Nation Fireworks Fun Fest at London High School’s Bowlus Field. The county’s youth were invited to participate in games, sports and a bounce house, all organized by the high school’s Athletic Boosters association. The evening was capped off with a dazzling fireworks display later that evening, organized by London Patriotic Celebration Committee.

London followed up their celebrations on Tuesday with an eventful parade of their own, which according to London Mayor Patrick Closser was the largest he’s seen.

Closser was the master of ceremonies announcing the participants as they went along.

“Before the parade gets down here, I want to thank all the men and women of the armed forces for their service,” he said. “Without these brave people we would not be able to celebrate our independence and enjoy our freedom.”

Plain City also held their celebration on Tuesday, with a parade on Chillicothe Street and a festival at Pastime Park. They also hosted their own fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. that evening.

Cars are lined up at Mount Sterling’s Dairy Freeze for their car show as part of the Community Days Festival.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN6865.jpgCars are lined up at Mount Sterling’s Dairy Freeze for their car show as part of the Community Days Festival. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

The Timmons Brothers, Dave, center, and John, right, host their annual trivia show, held at Mount Sterling’s Community Center.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN6880.jpgThe Timmons Brothers, Dave, center, and John, right, host their annual trivia show, held at Mount Sterling’s Community Center. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London High School’s Marching band heads south down Main Street.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7024.jpgLondon High School’s Marching band heads south down Main Street. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Members of London’s United Veterans Organization salute the flag and wave at passerbys.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7016.jpgMembers of London’s United Veterans Organization salute the flag and wave at passerbys. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Rev. Gordon Johnson of the First Presbyterian Church, grand marshal for this years London Fourth of July parade drives down Main Street, waving at attendees.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7013.jpgRev. Gordon Johnson of the First Presbyterian Church, grand marshal for this years London Fourth of July parade drives down Main Street, waving at attendees. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London’s Fourth of July parade makes its approach down Main Street after leaving Cowling Park.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7008.jpgLondon’s Fourth of July parade makes its approach down Main Street after leaving Cowling Park. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Families across Madison County celebrated Independence Day Tuesday, such as Dr. Mitch Spahn, center row, center left, with his wife Sheri. Tim Wilson, top row, center right, said he feels their barbecues are some of the best in town.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7051.jpgFamilies across Madison County celebrated Independence Day Tuesday, such as Dr. Mitch Spahn, center row, center left, with his wife Sheri. Tim Wilson, top row, center right, said he feels their barbecues are some of the best in town. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London High School’s Marching band heads south down Main Street.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7027.jpgLondon High School’s Marching band heads south down Main Street. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Spiderman makes his way past London’s State Theater as part of the local theater’s float for the city’s Fourth of July Parade.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7040.jpgSpiderman makes his way past London’s State Theater as part of the local theater’s float for the city’s Fourth of July Parade. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

London High School’s Football team marches near the Madison County Courthouse.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_DSCN7046.jpgLondon High School’s Football team marches near the Madison County Courthouse. Maximilian Kwiatkowski | The Madison Press

Members of the Harvest Church tossed candy to spectators during the West Jefferson parade Tuesday.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_WJparadeimage1.jpgMembers of the Harvest Church tossed candy to spectators during the West Jefferson parade Tuesday. Mallory Powell | The Madison Press

Bambino’s of West Jefferson made their way through the parade on Tuesday.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_WJparadeimage2.jpgBambino’s of West Jefferson made their way through the parade on Tuesday. Mallory Powell | The Madison Press

Featured in the West Jefferson parade was the Ox Roast royalty.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/07/web1_WJparadeimage3.jpgFeatured in the West Jefferson parade was the Ox Roast royalty. Mallory Powell | The Madison Press
Fourth festivities across Madison County

By Maximilian Kwiatkowski & Mallory Powell

Mkwiatkowski@aimmediamidwest.com

MPowell@aimmediamidwest.com

Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat. Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.

Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat. Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.