Kids on July 4th
How Kids Celebrate the 4th of July
On July 4th, 2012, Point Mallard Park’s Spirit Field was once again the site for Decatur, Alabama’s annual Spirit of America Festival. This marks 46 years that Decatur has celebrated our nation’s freedom, remembering the many sacrifices that our country has made throughout time, through our military and their families and volunteers who have worked diligently to honor those who serve and protect us.
This year’s celebration began at 4:00pm, beginning with the Children’s Parade. Participants registered their decorated bikes, trikes, strollers, wagons and other four wheelers at TC Almon Recreation Center. After the judging was completed, everyone peddled and pushed their way to the Spirit Field to be seated under the large flag tent where the festivities were kicked off with a game of Red, White and Blue. Young and old alike honored our nation’s flag by placing their right hand over their heart and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. And finally, after much anticipation, the winners for the bike parade were announced and prizes were awarded.
Face painting, balloon twisting and an array of inflatable bouncers were only a few of the highlights of this year’s Children’s Activity list. Garrius Owens entertained the crowd with his sleek attire and smooth moves as he honored the memory of Michael Jackson. Hands were clapping and feet were stomping as Garrius performed to “Thriller”, “Billy Jean” and other hits of the King of Pop. Kids watched in amazement as members of the Webster’s Karate Studio demonstrated several techniques of the martial arts. The children were even more excited when the audience was given a change to try out a few punches and kicks for themselves.
The festival was filled with many games and activities to challenge the kids, even on a smoldering, hot afternoon. Hula Hoops were hooping, water balloons were being tossed, ping pong balls were being dropped from the sky and kids were digging in the hay for money and treats. A drawing for free prizes was held 15 minutes before the children’s area shut down.
Everyone then shifted their attention to the Spirit Stage, where music was being played by the Arsenal Brass and the Brass Machine Bands. This led into the presentation of awards, honoring those who have gone above and beyond what is expected, in serving our country and fellow man and community. The Miss Point Mallard Pageant ended with the crowing of the 2012 Miss Point Mallard, Elizabeth Wesson, who is eligible to compete in the Miss Alabama Pageant. And then, what every kid dreams of; FIREWORKS!
So, how do kids celebrate the 4th of July? They have a blast at Decatur’s Spirit of America Festival!