Kemmerer celebrates Independence Day

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Kemmerer celebrated America’s 241st birthday in full patriotic fashion on Tuesday, July 4.

The day kicked off with a free breakfast at the Fire Station. Members of the Kemmerer Volunteer Fire Department and South Lincoln Fire District served up fluffy pancakes to families all morning long.

The Diamondville Kids Parade was also a big hit.

Kids, parents and pets decked out in red, white and blue to parade down Diamondville Avenue in front of the park.

Crowd favorites were a boy and his chickens, a girl driving an ATV embellished with American flags and two Diamondville kids who cartwheeled down the street.

After the parade procession, kids and their families gathered in Diamondville Park for popsicles, a photo booth and a presentation of parade awards by the Fireworks Committee.

The Kemmerer Recreation Center hosted an afternoon pool party at the outdoor pool — a perfect way for kids and their parents to beat the summer heat.

In the evening, locals gathered at the Kemmerer High School football stadium for the community fireworks event.

Members of the local American Legion chapter presented the flags.

The audience recited the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem was sung.

Radio announcer Jim Thoeny read the names of local veterans all the way back to WWI.

The Fireworks Committee also presented raffle prizes from local businesses.

The audience listened to a recording of “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash, and “America, Why I Love Her,” by John Wayne.

Families then gathered on the football field to watch the fireworks show presented by the all-volunteer Fireworks Committee.

The show was spectacular, with fireworks lighting up the night sky with the bright moon in the background.

The show concluded with a big finish and loud cheers from the audience.

The stadium also provided a great view of the other fireworks around town.

Fantastic fireworks could be seen — and heard — all night long, as residents put on huge displays of explosive patriotism.

Kids played with sparklers, waved American flags and enjoyed the cool summer evening to finish off another Independence Day.