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Snap, Crackle, Pop
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By Naiesha Thobe

And this isn’t an advertisement for Kellog’s Rice Krispies.
 
Those noises were very audible to the many people who gathered to “ooh” and “ahh” at the bright lights that lit up the Sunday night sky. The Eagle’s 6th annual 4th of July celebration brought thousands of civilians together for one reason: Independence Day. But, rewind, to earlier that day... 

The Eagle’s Shade Road Park opened its gates to the public, free of charge, to enjoy the 4th of July weekend. On Sunday, the festivities began at 3 p.m., kicking off the second day of the bash with a live band. Guests were treated to the fine talents of Tempest, allowing them to reminisce the past while ever-popular 60’s music played. The music brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of guests until they switched off to the next phase of the evening; they were not to be outdone. While more participants continued to pour in, Classified took the stage. People around weren’t shy… they pulled on their dancing shoes and eagerly ‘boogied down’ while awaiting dusk. 

Music wasn’t the only source of entertainment for the community to enjoy. A 50/50 raffle was being held for all who wished to participate. For the younger ones, the park already has a playground… but that was not all. Children also had the opportunity to play games such as cornhole or hillbilly golf. A bouncing castle was provided and proved to be a source of great amusement for the children. And for all of those who wished to indulge in such a creation, they could become a subject of their very own personalized caricature, performed by Paul Ackley.  

On top of the entertainment, fun, and games, a person isn’t likely to forget about one of the most important aspects of a celebration: food. Concession stands littered the parking lot, tempting visitors with signs reading Deep fried Oreos or Bowman’s Texas Tenderloin. Not to mention the looming Kettle Corn stand selling bags of flavored popcorn - blue raspberry, chocolate, or caramel. All types of refreshments were constantly available. Guests had the choice of braving the sun and enjoying the music while lounging at a picnic table, or they could retreat into an air-conditioned building to escape Mother Nature’s warm grasp. 

Then last but not least, the most important spectacle. For once a year, citizens do not have to wonder if the flashes in the sky and the echoing rumbles will turn into a devestating storm. No, those flashes and booms are ones that people of all ages look forward to - and this year was no different. The fireworks display pulled in an estimated 3,000 or more, to a point where the Eagles Park was full. Cars parked bumper-to-bumper in the side ditch, lining Shade Road and State Route 502. Some less adventurous people pulled their vehicles to a stop on Greenville Nashville and New Madison-Coletown Road. But no matter where you watched from, it was easy to spot the magnificence when the fireworks lit up the sky.  

All too soon, the festivities had drawn to a close. As it could be said, it was ‘all over but the shouting’ as people showed their support with screams and clapping. Some people sat to sit and chat, while others revved their engines in hopes to escape the impending traffic jam. All that’s left of the Eagle’s 4th of July celebration is the clean up. If you missed the celebration this year, don’t fret. July 4th, 2012 will be here before you know it. 

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