Happy 4th, Benton County!

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Welcome July! Can you believe it is already July, and that is so very hot? I am going to try my best not to complain too much about the hot weather, because I’m just not a cold weather person. I like swimming, fishing, camping, gardening, all those great summer things you can’t really enjoy doing in the freezing cold!

The first thing we all plan for in July is the celebration of Independence Day! We all owe a big debt of gratitude to those who fought for our independence and sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today. Throughout the history of our great nation, men and women always have been willing to contribute and sacrifice to ensure that our nation is safe for future generations.

I am so grateful for our veterans, active service members, first responders, public servants, and the nation’s leaders who contribute to our wonderful country. From my family to yours, I would like to wish all of you a very happy and safe July 4th!

Upcoming Events

There are some amazing firework shows scheduled for July 4th, weather permitting. Grab your lawn chair or blanket, gather the kids, and head out to enjoy this annual July 4th celebration.

Birdsong Resort and Marina will have a 4th of July Extravaganza, with fireworks beginning at dark. Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be a street party with karaoke, and free poppers and snow cones for the kids. This is a free event, but donations will be accepted. Mindy’s Café will be open with extended hours of 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Pre-order a racks of ribs or other items (731-584-6698). Call Birdsong at 731-584-7880 for more information.

Beaver Dam Resort and Marina also will have a firework show on July 4th, with fireworks beginning around 8:30 p.m. There will be awesome food, great drinks, friendly people, and fun for all ages. Call Beaver Dam at 731-584-5338 for more information.

On Wednesday, July 10, DayMaker Café will offer a watercolor class with Benton County’s own Tim Pafford. Over the course of the 2-hour class, Pafford will take participants from a sketch to a finished watercolor. No previous experience is necessary. The cost is $50 per person, and space is limited. Call 731-213-2020 to sign up.

On Saturday, July 20, the Friends of NBFSP will host a history presentation. Lori Lockhart, archivist with the Tennessee State Library, will present a session on World War I, with a focus on Benton County’s involvement. This free event will be held at the Folk Life Museum at 2 p.m. For more information, call the park at 731-584-6356.

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