A celebration to honor America’s independence will be Monday, July 4 at Historic Charlton Park in Hastings. Festivities at the 34th annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July and Veterans Barbeque are from noon to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free.
A flag raising ceremony by the Lawrence J. Bauer American Legion Post at noon is followed by a pork BBQ buffet from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 for those 13 and up, $5 for five to 12 year olds; children under four eat free.
“Guests told us they wanted more free community events, and we are happy to host this fun-filled day,” said Office Manager Stacey Graham. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our past and present servicemen and women who are stationed around the world. Purchase a meal and help support veteran’s programs locally.”
Games for all ages on the village green, a best-tasting pie contest and an appearance by Uncle Sam are part of the celebration. The beach, fishing, picnic area, hiking trails or boat launch are also available. The village will also be open for self-guided tours. For more, visit www.charltonpark.org.
Photos: (top left) American Legion Post 45 members raise the flag in a veteran’s salute at an earlier Charlton Park Fourth of July celebration.
(bottom right) Kids are enjoying their sack race in this file photo of a Fourth of July at Charlton Park.