Fourth of July festivities will blast off this weekend at Fairview CIC.
Fairview will hold the county’s first Independence Day celebration Saturday beginning with a special salute to veterans at 8 a.m. The day will also include softball, kids games, a baby show, and several pageants.
The day will begin with a tribute to all military veterans, but a portion of the program will be dedicated to three Vietnam War casualties from the Fairview area. Joe Lynn Delong, Marvin Foster Phillips, and Wilburn Leon Green will all be recognized for their ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s really going to be a special program,” said Fairview CIC president June McGee. “There are a lot of memories with those three, who all grew up in this community. We will be giving canvas memorials with their pictures to each family and they are beautiful.”
McGee said all veterans are encouraged to attend the ceremony, regardless of whether they have ties to the Fairview community. A Tennessee Traveling Vietnam POW/ MIA Wall will be on display.
Baby shows and pageants begin at 2 p.m. They will only be open to children who have ties to Fairview.
In breaking a tradition that spans more than a dozen years, the Fourth of July celebration will not end with a performance from the Fairview Jammers. Last year was the final year for that group.
“We’re all getting too old,” said McGee.