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July 2, 2013

Star Spangled: Events to mark week of independence

— The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association this week is continuing the tradition of Week of Independence.   

Several local businesses have joined the Week of Independence by offering veterans specials with the presentation of military ID through July 6.

The schedule of events is as follows:

July 2 

• Pause for 1 minute of silent prayer at noon to remember those serving in the military.

July 3

• The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, American Legion Post 49 and the Limestone County Burial Detail will host a flag retirement ceremony at the museum. The public is welcome to bring their frayed and worn out flags to be retired.

July 4

• The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives invites residents to tour and speak with local veterans on Independence Day. The museum will also host a free viewing of “Patriots” at 11 a.m.

• AMVETS will be out in Athens seeking support for its annual White Clover Drive.  Donation points will be Kmart, Hometown Grocery, Tractor Supply and Walmart. Contributions from this drive go to continue AMVETs’ service mission to help veterans and service men and women through efforts such as Healing Heroes Program, Transitional Services and helping their families at home.

• As the sun goes down over Athens, big bangs and sparkling displays will light up the night as Athens-Limestone County Tourism, Limestone County Commission and the City of Athens present the annual Fourth of July firework show.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said officers will direct traffic at =intersections on U.S. 31 between Forrest Street and Elm streets. Those who park on the west side of U.S. 31 between those two streets will go south after the show. Those who park on the east side of U.S. 31 will go north.

“Many of our citizens and citizens from surrounding areas enjoy tailgating together and watching the show,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “It’s a free event and a safe way to enjoy fireworks.”

Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Tony Kirk reminds city residents that it is illegal to shoot fireworks inside the city limits except for permitted public shows, such as the Athens Fireworks Show. He said fireworks may quickly start a fire, especially in the hay fields ready to harvest.

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