Thousands enjoy July 4 celebration

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jim Tatum/Journal Scene Summerville Mayor Bill Collins, granddaughter Lauren and his wife, Margaret, led a parade around Gahagan Park on the Fourth of July.

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What a difference a couple of hours can make!

At 4:30 p.m. July 4, vendors were finishing their set ups, the band was finalizing its sound check, jump castles awaited happy throngs of children. Empty parking lots stirred occasionally by a hot wind belied what would come next.

And within the next hour or so, the temperatures would drop to pleasant levels and people from all over Summerville and Dorchester County would make their way to Gahagan Park.

“This year’s event was very well attended by the Summerville community and may very well have been the largest crowd ever at a Red, White and Blue on the Green celebration,” Brian Mitchum, Summerville DREAM Board President said. “I don’t think anyone predicted that large of a crowd considering this was the first year the location of the event moved from downtown. I think having the event at Gahagan Park is a great idea because the area is able to accommodate a larger number of folks. I also think that by having the event at one location allowed those who came to stay and enjoy the fantastic fireworks.”

Mitchum also noted that the free trolley service was a success – running constantly throughout the event.

“It was great to see all of the families showing their patriotism,” he said. “This was a great event for our community.The event was a well coordinated effort between the Town of Summerville and Summerville DREAM and we are already looking forward to improving the event even more next year with more food, fun and games.”

One interesting and popular addition to the celebration this year was a beer garden featuring not only domestic favorites but a variety of craft brews from breweries around the Lowcountry and the Carolinas.

By the time the first rocket burst forth spectacular colors in the night sky, thousands of people had arrived to enjoy food, fun, music, and a parade around the park led by Mayor Bill Collins, his wife, Margaret, and granddaughter, Lauren.

“I was very pleased at the turnout and the cross section of our community that came out to wish America a happy 238th birthday,” Collins said. “Happy 238th!”

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