The City of Carthage celebrates Independence Day on the 4th of July.

The City of Carthage celebrates Independence Day on the 4th of July.

Citizens and visitors alike are encouraged to bring family and friends to Carthage Municipal Park on historic Route 66 to enjoy the traditional festivities.

The event opens at 4 p.m. with vendors in the park including: Tropical Snow, cotton candy, candied nuts and Jack’s Ice Cream.

Kiwanis Kiddieland will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm. All rides at this iconic little amusement park are 50 cents and the proceeds go to the Club's chosen charities.

Ceremony will begin at sundown with a flag ceremony presented by the Carthage Police Explorers and officiated by Mayor Pro Tem Dan Rife.

“We are gearing up to make Independence Day a full day of family friendly activities throughout the day by with the Red, White and Boom 5K Run and Fun Walk and a parade at 10 a.m. on the Square sponsored by local Hispanic churches,” said Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Wendi Douglas. “Come early to Municipal Park, enjoy the pool and playgrounds, find your favorite spot and enjoy the afternoon as we celebrate Independence Day.”
The event continues at 9:30 pm with a fireworks presentation by Liberty Pyrotechnics. Tune into Mix 95.1 MIKE FM to listen to the patriotic music with the choreographed display.

Other community events in Carthage throughout the week include: 66 Drive In Theatre and Kiddieland each weekend, the Annual Membership Show at artCentral thru July 7, Battle of Carthage Commemoration program on KDMO on July 5, Battle of Carthage Vesper’s Service on July 5 at Park Cemetery, Star Spangled Girl at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre July 5-7, a movie and cruise night for Carthage alumni July 5 and 6 and other area attractions are available, all leading to the kickoff of the Jasper County Youth Fair on July 6 at Municipal Park.