By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE -- No matter where you are in St. Lucie County on July 4, there will be plenty of celebrations and fireworks to be found.
In Fort Pierce, the 4th of July celebration is coordinated by Main Street Fort Pierce. The estimated $20,000 cost of the event is paid for by the city every year, along with local businesses.
This year will offer two days of fun downtown. Not only will the families come out on July 4 for the Fourth of July Celebration, everyone is invited back for a patriotic Friday Fest, which will complete its evening with fireworks as well.
The festivities start off early when the music of DJ Jeff Brown plays starting at 4 p.m. He will be feature Top 40 dance music for the crowd, then later be the master of ceremonies for the day's event, announcing from the stage sponsored by Cobb's Landing and the Original Tiki Bar.
At 7:15 p.m., Megan Elam from American Legion Post 480 will present a flag award to Jetson's TV and Appliance Centers to honor the business for their patriotism and presentation of their flag. The flag will be accepted by General manager Jim Tempestilli.
In addition to music, the Common Ground Vineyard Church and Pastor Todd will be presenting Civil War demonstrations and shooting cannons every hour starting at 6 p.m.
Another entertainer to take the stage will be Ben "One Man Band" Prestage, who will play for the crowd from 8 to 8:45 p.m. The St. Andrews Choir will perform patriotic songs at 8:45 p.m.
The fireworks will begin at approximately 9 p.m. over the Indian River.
Mr. Prestage will return to entertain after the fireworks.
The next evening, more fireworks are on the agenda when Friday Fest rounds out a patriotic two-day event, starting at 5 p.m. and finishing with more ohhs and ahhs.
The downtown parking garage will be open and free of charge.
The Fort Pierce City Marina Square is located at Melody Lane and Avenue A in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 466-3880.