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Darke County will celebrate Independence Day with festivities in four locations: Ansonia, Greenville, New Madison and Union City.
Darke County will celebrate Independence Day with festivities in four locations: Ansonia, Greenville, New Madison and Union City.
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NEW MADISON — New Madison will hold its annual Fourth of July festivities to celebrate the birth of a new nation, America. Activities, including the Little Miss and Mister Firecracker pageant, will begin Thursday. Festivities will end with a bang, as the “best fireworks show in the area” starts at 10 p.m. Friday evening.

“If you have attended our annual finale event, dubbed ‘The Best Fireworks Show in the Area’ by many, you have a sense of pride that such a small town can come together and put on such an elaborate display of fireworks. Every year the committee and the fireworks display team strive to make it better than the year before, and this year is no different,” stated the New Madison Fourth of July committee’s website, www.newmadison4thofjuly.org.

The Little Miss and Mister Firecracker pageant is still accepting applications until Monday, a representative said; the pageant will be held in the front parking lot of Tri-Village Schools, beginning at 7 p.m. Contestants must be 3-5 years old as of July 3; call Kami Hollinger at 937-423-3403 to register or learn more.

Friday will bring a multitude of activities, including the Fourth of July parade and the fireworks display. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activity, good food and plenty of others to share it with.

This year, the display will cost nearly $10,o00; the New Madison Volunteer Fire Department once again will light the fireworks. Community support for this event is crucial, and donations are accepted to help offset the expense of providing this free, quality fireworks display. Volunteers will canvass the area during the fireworks display on Friday to collect additional donations to go towards next year’s fireworks, a representative said.

“Every year with the help of community organizations such as The New Madison Civic Organization, The New Madison Community Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-Village Rescue Services, New Madison Kiwanis Club and many individual volunteers the community is able to enjoy one of the finest celebrations in the area,” the event website stated. “However, volunteering is only one portion of what is needed to make this another successful year. Please consider donating funds to help the committee provide another unforgettable celebration for you, your family and our community.”

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