Featured image of Celebrate America 2019 by Keith Sturch via Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank announced Thursday that “Celebrate America,” its annual celebration of our nation’s independence, will proceed as planned on Saturday, the Fourth of July, along the banks of the White River in Riverside Park in Batesville.
This will be the 23rd consecutive year that Citizens Bank has hosted “Celebrate America,” which is considered one of the most spectacular Independence Day celebrations in Arkansas. Major co-sponsors for the event again this year are the Batesville Daily Guard and White River Now.
High energy live entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., featuring JADED, a powerful band of master musicians from Kennett, Mo. whose playlist runs the gamut of country, rock, pop, and R&B. JADED has performed alongside such acts as Sheryl Crow, Trent Tomlinson, David Allan Coe, and Black Oak Arkansas.
The “Celebrate America” festivities will be topped off at 9:15 p.m. by one of the region’s premier fireworks displays, filling the sky nearly overhead from the staging area in Kennedy Park, located directly across the river from Riverside Park.
The fireworks will be choreographed to music that will be played in the park and also broadcast on radio station Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ.
“As much as any time in recent years, Citizens Bank believes it is important for everyone to have the opportunity to gather together and commemorate our nation’s independence,” said Micah Beard, market president for Citizens Bank in north central Arkansas. “We and all of our generous sponsors invite you to join us on the Fourth of July to “Celebrate America.’”
The Arkansas Department of Health strongly encourages certain COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions be followed to protect the safety and well-being of everyone attending the event.
Due to the virus, food vendors and children’s activities will not be available this year, but families can bring picnic baskets. Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed in the park.
The Health Department also suggests that everyone wear masks or face coverings to prevent the spread of the infection. Family groups are advised to sit together and distance themselves from other family groups by six feet or more.
Additional sponsors of “Celebrate America” include Aerotech Machine Corp., Amy Beth Anderson and Vernon Company, Bad Boy Mowers, City of Batesville, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Poultry, CADM Architecture, Colton’s Steakhouse, Flowers Baking, FutureFuel, Greenway Equipment, Hampton Inn, Harps Food Stores, Home Depot, Life Plus, Mark Martin Ford, Mark Martin Kia, Ozark Information Services, Peco Foods, Precise Heating & Air, Rawk Imprinting, the Smotherman Family, Sonic, Spartan Mowers / Mark Martin Powersports, Strategic Companies, UACCB, Walmart, and White River Insurance.
Visitors should note that the parking lot for Kennedy Park will be closed all day on Saturday, July 4. As in recent years, a parking area will be provided for trucks with boat trailers.
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