The Warren County 4th of July Celebration is a type of festival that reminds us about the more fundamental elements of patriotism. That love for country is love for our neighbor. That respect for our family is the most important thing in the world, and the community we live in is a big family. The Warren 4th reminds us that commemoration of American servitude and respect of our civilian duties are ultimately founded in actively participating in the experiment we call America. So go to the Warren 4th and enjoy the fun like it’s your patriotic duty!
After the annual 4th of July breakfast, the day’s festivities quickly move into a processional of events games, activities, and fun events at Betts Park. Festival favorites like the community tug-o-war and the fireman’s water battle are fun for the whole family. Carnival games are set up for kids and families, and for the adults there is a cash raffle of epic sums, often reaching in the multiple thousands! In the park and along the town’s parade route, art vendors sell great art pieces with the selection including festival staples such as pottery, jewelry, and fabrics. Food is available through vendors as well, and a beer tent is available the adults. For an extra dose of patriotic spirit, be sure to sign up for the hot dog eating contest, or the watermelon eating contest. In the afternoon, live music from the areas best bands plays at the stage in the park. In the evening, the fun continues through the Gigantic Fireworks Display which launches pyrotechnics above the park.
At Warren’s 4th Celebration a traditional town’s parade is a spectacle in true patriotic measure. Every year is a different patriotic theme and as such, clubs and organizations from around the area bring their all to compete for spirit. Floats are decadent in design and ambitious in scale. Full replicas of wooden ships, over-sized animals, and space shuttles with opening hatches are some of the past favorites. Marching bands, color guards, and dancers step in tune while antique and sports cars whisk pageant queens and local politicians down the route. As local fire houses proudly display their trucks, antique fire engines, and even horse drawn fire wagons follow in suit. Special tickets are available for purchase. Each ticket holder is admitted to a special viewing area at the grandstands, and receives a drawing in the Cash Raffle and a lunch.
Admission and parking is free.