Buzzell: Plenty of Independence Day events in Houston

July 2, 2014 

Summer is officially here, bringing a never-before-quite-like-this array of events to celebrate our Houston County hometowns with food, festivals, parades and fireworks.

Everything from a Native American artifact identification day in Perry to an evening amongst the mighty flying birds -- the silver aircraft -- at the Museum of Aviation with an ice cream social at the International City Farmers’ Market during the Independence Day Celebration in Warner Robins is scheduled for a very busy and patriotic July.

The Houston County celebration began in Perry on Sunday with a parade on Washington Street that featured hometown heroes, military units, colorful floats, Uncle Sam and a throng of onlookers celebrating our country’s freedom and independence.

After the parade, the gates opened at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter for a picnic-style evening of family fun, live music and Perry’s own fireworks show at dusk.

Centerville followed Tuesday with its own public party for everyone in the region to enjoy at the Municipal Complex on Church Street. Singer Jesse Smith, accompanied by her band, Shiloh, and The Alex Toland Band provided entertainment before the fireworks display that rounded out the evening.

Wednesday, the doors will remain open at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins for a live patriotic concert performed by the city’s Wellston Winds, a beautiful wind ensemble that was formed several years ago. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Robert Scott Theater in the Eagle Building and is free to the public.

On Thursday, come celebrate the holiday week and the International City Farmers’ Market anniversary with an ice cream social and activities for kids.

Farmers from across the region have been bringing their fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk, meat and plants for Warner Robins residents to enjoy for five years now and invite you to stop by from 1 p.m. to dusk to help them celebrate.

There will be an opportunity to win a market basket valued at $100 or a Bubba Built Fire Pit. The market is located on the corner of Watson Boulevard and Maple Street at Perkins Field every Thursday afternoon, except during the winter months.

The Jeff Smith Independence Day Celebration on Thursday will be at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins with gates opening at 6 p.m. for this free event.

Headlining the musical extravaganza is the group .38 Special followed by a 20-minute fireworks show presented by International City Builders.

Catch your breath after the concert and fireworks to light up the streets of Hometown America as the Rockin’ Into the Night Glo Race kicks off at midnight to bring us into July 4.

Be the first to celebrate the Fourth of July at the midnight firework start down South Davis Drive from the stadium to Watson Boulevard and then back to McConnell Talbert Stadium on a 3.14 trek through downtown.

The Perry Historical Museum will host the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society for a native American artifact identification day July 26 from 1-4 p.m.

Archaeologist Dwight Kitland will be on hand as well as OAS members John Trussell, David Mincey and John McBride.

The public is invited to bring their Native American artifacts and have them analyzed. This event is free to the public and held in the museum at 901 Northside Drive in Perry. For more information visit

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at or 478-922-5100.

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