Festivities with live entertainment, food trucks, music, parades and culminating with fireworks displays are slated for Paris and the surrounding areas to celebrate Independence Day.
Several events are planned in Paris for the holiday weekend.
The popular annual American Legion fish fry is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the Paris American Legion Post 211. Music in the Park, sponsored by the park board, begins at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park in the Spicer Pavilion featuring the band Fishback from Terre Haute, Ind.
All day events are planned and sponsored by the park board for Saturday, July 6, at the West Lake Park. The Paris City Band performs a patriotic concert 2-4 p.m. at the Spicer Pavilion. Taking the stage at 7 p.m. is the ’71 Band consisting of local musicians Randy Rhoads, Kenny Hays, Beetle Bailey, Jerry Branson, Steve Pittman, Justin Hays, Stacy Doty and Donnie "Itchy" Alexander playing classic rock and roll tunes by such artists as the Beatles, Tom Petty and more.
Throughout the day the park features an All-Ability Playground, miniature golf and the Splash Park for visitors to enjoy while celebrating Independence Day.
Something new this year is the addition of food trucks providing gourmet cuisine and ethnic menu items in the park.
Concessions by Savoia’s offers a wide variety of festival food favorites such as hot dogs, burgers and treats, while Pop’s Kettle Corn is the place for gourmet popcorn.
Don Sol Mexican Grill serves authentic Mexican food.
Philippine-style marinated shish-kabob along with other ethnic foods is featured at Sati Babi.
Roosters and Rumps offers barbecue food favorites. Roger’s Fry serves favorite deep-fried foods
Frozen sweet treats are available from We Lik It Farmstand Ice Cream.
A couple of booths concentrate on specialty drinks. Sweet Tea & Jesus has sweet iced tea, unsweet tea and flavored teas. The Paris Boy Scout Troop is serving homemade lemon shakeups.
The highlight of the day is the ground and aerial firework display, boasting colorful pyrotechnics at dusk.
The East Lake has swimming at the public beach and boating.
A unique and special parade is planned at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, on the East Lake. Participants are encouraged to decorate their watercraft and meet at 7:30 p.m. near the East Lake dam for the water parade. Boats and jet skis decorated with a patriotic theme will cruise around the perimeter of the lake.
The Second Annual Christmas For Kids car show starts at 11 a.m. and judging, followed by the award presentation, is 3 p.m. at the Lake Ridge Christian Church.
In neighboring Clark County, July 4 festivities begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Clark County Fairground in Marshall. The community band performs prior to fireworks at dusk.
Mill Creek Park celebrates Independence Day one day early on July 3 with a large aerial fireworks display at dusk. The daylong festivities include food vendors Sati Babi, Bud’s BBQ, Big Al’s Shakeups and We Lik It Ice Cream.
A bounce house for children opens at 4 p.m. at the park concession stand area. The band Bailout performs 7-11 p.m. on stage at the concession stand. The Clark County music group performs classic and modern rock, outlaw and new country and pop music.
The fireworks show at dusk is the culmination of the celebration at Mill Creek.