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Fourth of July week brings 3 public celebrations
Brooklet festivities, downtown picnic in addition to Firecracker Fest
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The annual Mill Creek July 4 celebration with fireworks isn’t Bulloch County’s only Independence Week celebration. A community group hosts a parade and fun run Tuesday morning in Brooklet, and downtown Statesboro extends the festivities to July 7 with the First Friday Downtown Picnic.

With downtown Brooklet’s inaugural fun run starting at 8 a.m. and parade at 10 a.m. and the Firecracker Fest at Mill Creek Regional Park not opening until 5 p.m. Tuesday, an energetic family or group of friends could attend both.

Then after a three-day pause, the same folks can resume their indulgence in summer traditions with free watermelon and lemonade, both offered at the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority’s picnic, 5:30 - 8 p.m. next Friday.

Or, choose one or two of the events, of course.


Brooklet’s morning

A nonprofit charitable group called the Seven Four Foundation, led by Brooklet Police Chief Doug Meyer, has been planning  Brooklet’s debut July 4 festivities for months. The event is a “community-strengthening initiative” of the foundation, he said.

The day will begin with the Firecracker Fun Run, a one-mile jaunt through downtown Brooklet where the overall winner gets $50. The fee to participate is $10, and the run will start at 8 a.m. sharp, beginning and ending in front of Brooklet Drug on Parker Avenue. Runners can register online at or

After the run, Brooklet’s first-in-memory July 4 parade will march and roll at 10 a.m. Participants are expected to begin lining up at 9 a.m. on Oak Street behind Uncle Shug’s Barbecue Place. All entries must display a theme “celebrating America’s independence, patriotism, family values, community, solidarity and good will,” Meyer said.

Meeting that requirement, motorcycle riders, walkers, floats and other participants are welcome, he said.

Parking for parade spectators will be available at the corner of Parker Avenue and Highway 80, with shuttle service planned.

The Seven Four Foundation was certified last July 22 as a Georgia nonprofit corporation with Meyer as its CEO, CFO and secretary. It was created to promote the July 4 event and administer “ongoing charitable and educational efforts that promote personal, familial and community independence and self-reliance,” Meyer said.

For more information on the parade or foundation, contact Meyer at or (770) 301-9385.


Downtown’s Friday

For July, the Downtown Picnic is the annual theme of the DSDA and Main Street Statesboro’s ongoing First Friday events. Based around the Bulloch County Courthouse and East Main Street, these events always feature food vendors, arts and crafts and family activities, with other attractions added to fit varied themes.

Members of the Tormenta FC soccer team will slice the free watermelon and serve the lemonade for the “picnic,” said DSDA Events Coordinator Elena McLendon. Tormenta players and The Clubhouse, where the team is based, are also scheduled to provide some of the family activities. Force One Karate will perform demonstrations, and the newly established Statesboro YMCA plans to play a part in the activities.

Inflatables are often part of the attractions. McLendon said she was placed an order for a “water bouncy” from Party Harbor for kids to enjoy getting wet at the end of a hot day.

Featured food vendors include Metter Meats, A&J Funnel Cakes and 4&20 Bakers. Candles, jewelry and clothing are among homemade craft items expected. Also always, the DSDA also points out that downtown restaurants and other businesses will be open.

“It’s an opportunity for folks to shop and come downtown and enjoy our somewhat renovated courthouse,” McLendon said. “They will still be working on part of it.”

For more information about Main Street Statesboro events, including sponsor and vendor applications, visit or call (912) 764-7227.


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