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Fourth celebration first event Flag Pond Ruritan has hosted since start of pandemic

Contributed Photo • The popular Tractor Parade will return to the Flag Pond Ruritan’s celebration of the Fourth of July.

By Richard Rourk

A Fourth of July tradition is set to let freedom ring on Saturday, July 3, in Flag Pond.

The Flag Pond Ruritan will host their 15th annual Fourth of July Fireworks event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. 

“The club has sponsored the fireworks display over 15 years and it has always been well attended – over 1,000 people pack into the old Flag Pond School playground and surrounding area to picnic, see old friends, participate in the festivities,” said Flag Pond Ruritan President Richard Waldrop. 

“The fireworks are set to start at dusk,” Waldrop said. “The volunteer fire department is in charge. We will have hot dogs and hamburgers.”

Waldrop said the parade will start at 6 p.m. but participants can line up starting at 5:30 p.m. 

“We can’t wait to see folks on July 3,” he added.

The Flag Pond Ruritan Fourth of July Fireworks event has seen many types of entertainment over the years from live music to lawnmower races. 

“The first celebrations included lawnmower races, but that event has been eliminated due to safety concerns,” Waldrop said.

The mowers used in the event,  were “souped up” versions of traditional riding lawnmowers and the crowd loved it, according to Waldrop. 

“There was also a corn-hole tournament in the past,” he noted.

COVID-19 stopped last year’s celebration, but Waldrop said that the Ruritan is looking forward to seeing friends and neighbors again this year at the holiday event.

This will be Flag Pond’s first major event since the pandemic and, according to Waldrop, the community is ready to once again get out and meet. 

“This year’s festivities will be such a joy,” Waldrop said. “The community didn’t get to celebrate the traditional Ramp Festival the last two years because of COVID.”

The Flag Pond Ruritan club has been busy in recent month.

For instance, the club assisted local churches last December with a drive-thru nativity scene. “It was the only time the community was able to come together,” Waldrop said. “The club was unable to have any community activities last year. 

“Hopefully, this year will be better,” Waldrop continued. “The club is planning a community yard sale in August or September.”

The club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the old Flag Pond School. Waldrop extended an invitation for community members to join the organization and said that new club members are needed and welcome. 

This year’s Flag Pond Ruritan Fourth of July Fireworks event will start with a tractor parade at 6 p.m. followed by music by the Tennessee Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m.

Waldrop noted that anyone can participate in the parade. 

Food will be provided by the Flag Pond Ruritan Club. 

The fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m.