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Tribe to host Independence Day celebration

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The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and Naskila Entertainment have announced a free Fourth of July celebration that will occur two days before the holiday.
On Saturday, July 2, the celebration will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Bounce houses, face painters, tribal dancers, and dunking booths will be amongst the day’s entertainment. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m.

The event will be held at the Alabama-Coushatta Veteran’s Pavilion, located at 301 Daycare Road in Livingston. Music, along with arts and crafts vendors and food vendors will also be at the pavilion.

Additional vendors are welcomed to sign up by contacting Emma Abbey at (936) 563-1120. It is asked that attendees bring a lawn chair if one is desired. For additional information, call (936) 563-1100 or visit the tribe’s website at www.alabama-coushatta.com.      

For a memorable Independence Day in Livingston, Main Street and F.A.I.T.H. Military Group will host “Picnic in the Park” at Anniversary Park on Tyler Street near Melbo’s 10 a.m. until 2 p.m on Monday, July 4. Those in attendance can listen to a live band playing as they enjoy a car and motorcycle show.

A bounce house, slide, obstacle course and face painting should keep the children who attend busy. There is also a bicycle parade at 11:30 a.m. where little ones 12 and under can decorate their two-wheeled ride to win prizes. Registration for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Mill Street and prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age group (0-4, 5-7, 8-12).

F.A.I.T.H. Military Group will be present, as active duty personnel mingles with the crowd, telling real war stories. Hot dogs, sodas and water will be given for any donation to the F.A.I.T.H. Military Group.

The San Jacinto High Rollers will have a raffle to benefit the Polk County Welfare Board. The Polk County Welfare Board will also hand out watermelon. Bring a lawn chair and celebrate the day in downtown Livingston. For more information, call the Main Street office at (936) 327-1050.

In Onalaska, the yearly fireworks spectacular will continue for the 41st time. Vendor setup will begin at 8 a.m. with water, soda, hot dogs and pizza among other food items available. Information booths will be in place, as well as portable restrooms.

Parking will be available behind Pontoons on the Lake with overflow on Navaho Trail. There is also space available for those not on the grounds to view the show from the grassy point at the west end of the Kickapoo causeway.

Shuttle buses will be available on routes from all parking areas starting at 6 p.m. and continuing until all traffic has cleared around 10:30 p.m. The Onalaska Police and sheriff’s deputies will handle traffic control, and signs will point traffic toward additional parking areas.

The fifth annual Catfish Derby kids fishing tournament for anglers 16 years of age and younger begins registration at 5 p.m., with fishing lines in the water soon after.

A presentation of the colors by the Onalaska JROTC color guard begins at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks display from the barges in Kickapoo Creek kickoff around 9:30 p.m.

Those who wish to send funds in support of the show to allow its continuance can do so by making a check payable to the Fireworks Fund at P.O. Box 880, Onalaska, Texas 77360. Additional information on the daylong happenings can be found at www.cityofonalaska.us.