The Vidalia Beautification Committee will present the 3rd Annual Fourth of July Festival on the Vidalia Riverfront, while the 2019 Lake St. John Flotilla and Blessing of the Fleet is slated July 6.

This year's Fourth of July event will begin at 3 p.m. with the singing of The National Anthem and the raising of the American Flag atop the Vidalia Fire Department's ladder truck.

Immediately following, an official flag retirement ceremony will be conducted by local Cub Scouts so that your torn, aged and tattered flag can be retired with honors.

Throughout the day, there will be entertainers - singers, dancers, recitals - as well as the Most Patriotic Contest and Patriotic Pet Contest.

Vendors will be on site, selling various crafts, food and clothing.

Jumpy castles and games will be part of this family event.

The night will cap off with fireworks over the Mississippi River.

Visit Vidalia Beautification Committee’s Facebook page for details on times and rules for each contest and other information on the event.

Meanwhile, registration for the 2019 flotilla slated for July 6 will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. on the north end of Lake St. John led by Concordia Parish Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick and followed by Grand Marshal Richard Prescott.

Father John Perdue will bless the boats from the Steckler Pier.

Anything that floats and can maintain speed is invited to take part.

The event will be broadcast on 95 Country.

Public viewing of the flotilla will be at Spokane Resort.

Fireworks are slated at dusk from Newt Willis’ pier on the backside of the lake.

Donations for fireworks may be made at Spokane Resort.

Flotilla 2019 t-shirts, tanks and poster designed by Susan Harris are available at Spokane Marina, Rami’s and Lake St. John Grocery.

Official Lake St. John flags are available from Donna Maroon.

For more information, contact Maroon at 318-481-0182 or donnamaroon@aol.com.

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