The Commerce Journal

Opinion

July 4, 2013

Fourth of July event poised to be a big hit

COMMERCE — It is time once again for the Commerce Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Celebration at Centennial Park.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 6 beginning at 5 p.m.  The Chamber staff and our 4th of July Committee volunteers from Under Construction have been working hard to make this a celebration to remember.  

As always the Ben E. Keith stage will host three talented musical groups: Shaun Michaels, The Cross Trails Band, and Outta Hand.  

The Li-Sher Dance Studio will be on site to entertain the crowd with one of their wonderful performances as well.  This year the bounce houses will be open to children at no charge and we will have a balloon artist providing kids with FREE balloon art.  

All of these things are possible due to the generosity of our many Chamber members who choose to sponsor this event.  It is their way of giving back to the community that supports them all year long.  Be sure to thank these sponsors by continuing to support their businesses.

Several groups will be on site to celebrate the 4th of July with us.  Cross Trails Cowboy Church will be offering bull rides on their unique mechanical bull.  The Commerce Kiwanis Club will be providing rides on their new children’s train for a small donation to their organization.  

All funds raised by the train rides help to support the Commerce Kiwanis Club and their numerous service projects including the Commerce Lil’ Angels Program.  Alliance Bank will be providing and cooking hotdogs for the Commerce Tiger Sharks Swim Team.

The Tiger Sharks will be present to sell the hot dogs, chips, and a drink.  All monies raised from hot dog sales will benefit the Commerce Tiger Sharks.  

Snow cones will be sold and all proceeds will help support the Commerce boys 14 and under baseball team that is headed to the State Championship Tournament.  The snow cone machine was donated by the Commerce Chamber of Commerce and the syrup was donated by Pi Sigma Alpha (the international honor society for political science majors at Texas A&M University-Commerce).

Participants will be able to try their arm at a baseball pitching tent provided by Ridgecrest Baptist Church.  A blood drive will be sponsored by the Commerce Rotary Club and groups such as: Hunt Regional Health Care, Commerce Auto Group, Village Creek Apartments, and Home Health Services will also be present.

 The highlight of the event is always our spectacular fireworks display which will begin shortly after 9:30 p.m.  This display is also possible thanks to our many sponsors, especially the City of Commerce.

Be sure to join us for this great event on Saturday, July 6th.

Doug Rohrabaugh serves as executive director for the Commerce Chamber of Commerce.

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