Register Staff Report
MADISON COUNTY —
This July 4 marks the 215th birthday of the city of Richmond, and the parks and recreation department is planning to celebrate both the city’s and the nation’s beginnings Thursday at Lake Reba Park.
Starting at 4 p.m., 11 vendors will be selling food and drinks to visitors. Chick-fil-A will be hosting a “kids zone” for children to play in, and the National Guard will have a race car on display.
Three bands have been booked to provide music this year. At 6 p.m., contemporary rock musicians Matt Robbins and Shawn Stapp will be playing, at 7 p.m. George Burdett and friends take the stage, and at 8:30 p.m. Faded Blue will start the evening’s final act.
The fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Because sponsors this year raised $42,000, more than what was anticipated, the surplus money has been spent on additional fireworks for the show, according to Lori Murphy-Tatum, Richmond Tourism director.
Parking for the event will be $5 per vehicle. Most of the proceeds from the parking fee support the event, but some go to the Richmond Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club, two service organizations that help with parking.
Berea is also making big plans for Independence Day.
Vendors and children’s activities begin at 5 p.m. at Duerson Stadium between City Park and Berea Community School. The city pool will offer free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m.
The band Prefab Rehab will provide music for the event, and fireworks will start at 10 p.m.
Festivities will begin on Independence Day eve when the Madison Singers of the Richmond Area Arts Council and the Madison Community Band present a concert of patriotic music in the Eastern Kentucky University Ravine amphitheater on EKU’s campus.
The free concert will begin at 8 p.m. Among the music to be performed will be
In keeping with the spirit of national unity exemplified by Independence Day, the Madison County Democratic Woman’s Club and the GOP Republican Ladies Clubs join together to distribute free American flags to concert attendees.
Battlefield Visitors’ Center open July 4
Although most public buildings will be closed for Independence Day, the Battle of Richmond Visitors’ Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details or directions, call 624-0013.
Berea police to set up traffic checkpoints July 4
The Berea Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints during the Independence Day holiday.
The checkpoints are designed to ensure motorists are complying with traffic safety laws and are not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a BPD news release.
The checkpoints will be set up at four intersections within the city limits:
• Richmond Road and the Berea Bypass
• US 25 and KY 21
• KY 595 and the Berea Bypass
• KY 1016 and Old US 25.
“The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for a high visibility, public safety service, focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration and insurance of vehicles, and the valid licensing of drivers,” the news release stated.