The Kingman Boosters gets a jump on Fourth of July festivities in the area Sunday with the annual Freedom Day.

This is the 33rd annual celebration at Kingman Park, which is usually one or two Sundays before July 4.

“We get a much better crowd having it earlier,” said Mary Patton, one of the organizers of the event. “We start serving food at 11 a.m.”

The parade lines up east of town on Indiana Route 234.

“We usually have 60-70 entries,” Patton said.

Entertainment is featured in the park during the afternoon, with registration for the baby contest going on.

The fireworks at dusk draw a large crowd from throughout western Indiana.

“We will be here until midnight,” Patton said.

Patton said the money from the celebration goes back into the community. Among the projects have been a fence at the park, flower pots downtown and new playground equipment.

“We try to put the money back into the town,” she said.

Kingman has been very successful in holding its event ahead of the Independence Day holiday.

“We don’t want to conflict with other towns,” said James Patton, another organizer. “This is our biggest event all year.

FREEDOM DAY

-- SUNDAY

11 a.m. EDT: Serving of food begins.

2 p.m.: Parade lineup on Indiana Route 234 east of town.

3 p.m.: Parade.

4 p.m.: Entertainment.

5, p.m.: Baby contest.

7 p.m.: Vesper service.

Dusk: Fireworks, followed by dance.

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