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Things To Do Gainesville FL: 2017 July 4th Celebration

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments

The City of Alachua will hold its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex.  The event will begin at 3 p.m. and last through 10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30.  Please check back to this website as more information will be posted as it becomes available.

The City of Alachua has dubbed its celebration “The Largest Small Town Fireworks Display in America.”  The annual event draws more than 30,000 people to Alachua and has great economic impact on businesses in our area.  There are dozens of activities for the kids, including bounce houses, rock wall climbing, bungee jumps and water slides.  This year kids can also take advantage of the spray park and skateboard park located on site.  For the adult audience there are several unique vendors, bingo contests, dancing groups and live musical entertainment to name a few.  Without a doubt the event has something for everyone and of course the hottest fireworks around.

Schedule of Events

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun · Things To Do

Memorial Day Wishes!

May 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

National Moment of Remembrance

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

Tags: Just For Fun