INDEPENDENCE, Mo. It was a memorable and festive 4th of July in Independence, said Carol Lemon, Independence Missouri Stake public affairs director.
There were enactments of Revolutionary and Civil War encampments, patriotic singing and dancing, band concerts, children's games and activities, summer-time refreshments, and dramatic presentations. Joining with the City of Independence, the Community of Christ (formerly the RLDS Church), the Truman Presidential Museum and Library, the First Presbyterian Church, and Independence Power and Light, and the Mormon Visitors Center co-sponsored the annual event.
The highlight of the celebration was the energetic performance of the Hughes Brothers, Church members who donated their time and talents before an enthusiastic crowd in the Community of Christ Auditorium. The five brothers, along with their families, brought part of their popular Branson, Mo., show to the festivities. Concluding their program with a stirring patriotic medley, the group ushered in a brilliant fireworks display on the grounds of the Church's visitors center.