The Independence Day event, which has a theme of “We the People,” will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. featuring performing bands, marching bands, antique cars, antique tractors, exhibits of military vehicles and many others.
“There will be activities for everyone,” organizers said. “There will be a fine line-up of independent exhibitors.”
The Grand Marshal will be Coach Doug Kesler. The Citizen of the Year is Vicky Smith and the Master of Ceremonies will be “crazy old” Roscoe PuCannon. At the end of the parade, there will be presentations and introductions from the bandstand featuring the Farrow Family singing “The National Anthem” and other patriotic songs, Invocation by Reverend Scott Smith, The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and presentations to the Grand Marshal and Citizen of the Year, and the introduction of Canna Pageant winners.
Colbert’s “famous barbecue” will be served at noon. Plates are $8. The Lion’s Club will serve hotdogs, hamburgers, and barbecue sandwiches, with other food available from numerous vendors.
There will be entertainment all afternoon from the bandstand, featuring Danny Anthony and the “Voice of Truth”; Bill Sartain and Nuthin Nu Band; Emily Parham and others. There will be activities for the kids, including pony rides, little train rides and inflatables.
The Colbert City Museum, located in the depot, and little red caboose will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with the Eberhardt House, an authentic log cabin, which was the home of Colbert’s early residents when the area was known as “Five Forks.”