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45th Annual Spirit of America Festival

July 4, 2011

 

Point Mallard Park

256-341-4902

www.spiritofamericafestival.com

 

Point Mallard Park and the city of Decatur come together for the 45th year to celebrate our nation’s freedom and the sacrifices military personnel and their families make every day. Set for July 4, 2011, the annual Spirit of America Festival offers all-American family fun ranging from live entertainment and an assortment of children’s activities to grand pageantry, awards, and a spectacular fireworks display.

 
Activities in the children’s area include carnival games, inflatable's, crafts, and an entertainment stage with live performances by the Tangerine Tambourine. Some children’s activities require the purchase of tickets for a nominal fee.
 
The Independence Day celebration kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, July 2 with the Little Miss Point Mallard Pageant at the TC Almon Recreation Center. The Miss Point Mallard Outstanding Teen Pageant follows on Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Spirit of America stage and the pageantry continues on Sunday with the Miss Point Mallard Pageant, a preliminary for the Miss America Pageant
 
On July 4, the festivities begin at 1 p.m. with the Children’s Bike Parade where patriotic decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs make their way from the TC Almon Center to the Children’s Area. Live music runs throughout the day.
 
Additional activities include a cheerleading exhibition, gymnastics demonstration, the popular Ping Pong Ball Drop and the presentation of freedom awards. The celebration culminates with a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m. on the night of the fourth. All activities take place in Point Mallard Park located at 2901 Point Mallard Drive in Decatur. Admission is free.
 
For more information, including an up-to-date schedule of events and entertainment, driving directions, and a spectacular photo gallery, visit www.spiritofamericafestival.com.
 
 

In 1984, the Spirit of America festival was honored to have President Ronald Reagan as a guest and speaker at the awards ceremony.  Reagan reminded the huge crowd gathered that “This is a wonderful time to be alive.  And we’re so lucky because as a people, we still have the opportunity to be patriots, and as a nation, we still stand for something.”




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