By Thomas Sellers Jr.
For days residents across the Mid-South marked 5 p.m., July 3 on their calendars for the 2015 Flag City Freedom Celebration at Millington’s Navy Lake.
But that morning produced inches of rain. Then the afternoon had occasional shattered thunderstorms. So many were thinking the Millington event that annually honors America’s birthday would be canceled.
The organizers, sponsors and volunteers were determined to celebration the United States’ 239th birthday. All the vendors, city of Millington employees and members of the Naval Support Activity Mid-South were there greeting the patrons.
The crowd slowly built up before the firework finale starting at 8:55 p.m. The city of Millington and NSA Mid-South partnered together to conduct the event featuring moon bounces, large slide, the introduction of bubbles on water and Fancy Faces by Diane.
Diane Thomas was glad for the dry conditions allowing her to paint several faces of children, teenagers and some adults. Thomas, a Millington resident, was inspired to start her business 6 years ago after she had her face painted at Disney World.
From sharks to simple swirls, Thomas added some patriotic designs for the Freedom Celebration.
Residents from all over the Mid-South came to Navy Lake for music, concessions of corn dogs and funnel cakes and children’s activities. The slow turnout gave early vistors like siblings Aiden and Gabby Turner-Ward of Germantown easy access to all the activities.
Christian Matthews, 7, of Memphis, was one of the first to be snapped back by the gravity pull bounce. Brother and sister Paysen and Gracen Epley challenged each other on the pull bounce both earning a victory.
The Flag City Freedom Celebration was presented by the city of Millington and NSA Mid-South and sponsored by HNA Engineering, Republic Services, Homer Skelton Ford, Homer Skelton Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Clear Channel/Rock 103, USAA, US Foods, Hicks Convention Services, Malco Theatres, Samuel Adams, Swift Transportation, Ritter Communications, Patriot Bank and more.