Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2012

Independence celebrations planned across area

PRINCETON — The two Virginia’s will be celebrating America’s Independence this week with food, games, music and fireworks.

Today, the Bluefield State College Community Singers will present a patriotic musical program at the War Memorial Building in Princeton at 3 p.m. The choir is composed of singers from both Mercer and Tazewell counties. The program is titled “Those Who Served” and will feature a variety of songs including “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood; Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” and “America, the Beautiful.” Of special interest will be the hymns of the Armed Services groups-Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. The program will be free of charge to the public.

“The program is a special activity of the choir and Bluefield State College to honor those who have served to guarantee our life of freedom in America,” said Choir Director Don Kensinger.

The town of Alderson will be hosting the Second Annual Grand Gospel Concert today beginning at 7 p.m. at the Alderson Memorial Field. Suggested donations are $5 and the event will end with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

The Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce and the town of Tazewell will be co-hosting a celebration on Monday, July 2 on the front lawn of Tazewell High School. Festivities will include a free concert at 6 p.m. featuring musical groups Steele Cookin’ and Black and Blue. Concessions, children’s inflatables and a fireworks display will also be featured during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. Due to construction there will me no admittance to the football stadium and parking at Tazewell Elementary School will be restricted. For more information on the event contact, Becky Duncan at 276-988-5091.

Residents will get to partake of various festivities beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 at Hunnicutt Stadium in Princeton. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Rescue Squad , the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Princeton, and area businesses.

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