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City announces plans for July 4 celebration

By Staff
JULY 4 PLANS Connie Royal, right, points to a map showing city council members a new access road that will be used to shuttle people to the annual Fourth of July celebration at Bonita Lakes. Ronnie Miller, president of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, looks on. Royal and Miller announced plans for this year's event at Tuesday's city council meeting. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
June 19, 2002
Bonita Lakes park will again be rocking this Fourth of July with the sites and sounds of the city's annual celebration.
Organizers told the Meridian City Council Tuesday night that this year's event will have more attractions and will be more accessible to residents.
Miller said this year's event will feature live music by the MSO, patriotic speeches from local personalities, an essay reading on the price of freedom and the annual fireworks show.
Connie Royal, cultural affairs director for the city, said this year's event will use the new access road located between Books-A-Million and the lower lake to shuttle people to the upper lake and the main stage.
Gates will open at 3 p.m. for the upper lake and the shuttle service will run every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m. and 15 minutes after the fireworks show later that night.
This year's event will also be broadcast live on B-93 "The Buzz" for the first time.