Old-fashioned games, Southern rock music, barbecue and fireworks—everything a family needs to celebrate the Fourth of July—will be offered at Mathews High School beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.
"We’re looking forward to a wonderful night," said fireworks committee member Robin Dehoux. "The weather’s supposed to be great, and we’re expecting to have a spectacular fireworks display."
The second annual Family Fun Olympics will be offered free of charge by the Mathews Boys and Girls Club and the Mathews Family YMCA, along with free games and activities for children ages 5-7. Folks can take part in an egg race, a three-legged race or a tug-of-war, along with volleyball, horseshoes and lots of other activities. Games will end around 8 o’clock, just in time for the fireworks to begin.
"The activity is about as ‘Norman Rockwell Painting’ as it gets," said a joint press release from the YMCA/Boys & Girls Club. "Bring us your kids and we will be sure they are active and happy for the afternoon."
Food concessions will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, sno-cones, and other traditional Independence Day foods throughout the evening, with proceeds to benefit the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club.
At 6 p.m., the band Rip Tide will begin playing and will usher in the fireworks display at dusk.
A shuttle bus for overflow parking will run from Thomas Hunter Middle School to the high school from 7-11 p.m. In case of rain, the fireworks will be held on Monday.
The fireworks committee—Dehoux, chair Charles Ingram, Elwood Everington, Jeannie Elliott, Julie Tyler, Christopher Dehoux, and Jeremy Elliott—started fundraising for the celebration just about as soon as last year’s display was over.
Fireworks will take up most of the $10,000+ raised, said Robin Dehoux, with just enough kept aside to cover the cost of the bus, the band and a thank-you ad for supporters.
"Every little bit goes right to it," said Dehoux on Tuesday. "If it wasn’t for businesses and individuals, we couldn’t have it. Even today, people were putting money in the jar. It makes a big difference."