Cape Girardeau to host ‘Great American Fourth of July’ with Fireworks, Naturalization Ceremony

logo with date1The City of Cape Girardeau will host its annual “Great American Fourth of July” on July 4 in downtown Cape Girardeau.
The event begins at 6:45 p.m. in front of the Common Pleas Courthouse on Spanish Street. Festivities include patriotic music from the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band, a Naturalization Ceremony, Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award and a fireworks display on the Mississippi River.
“We are so looking forward to having our Great American Fourth of July back on the river this year,” said Julia Thompson, director of the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. “The Spirit of America Award is always a special time to recognize Cape Girardeau’s outstanding citizens and the Naturalization Ceremony just brings home the meaning of our freedoms and responsibilities. Let’s hope the Mississippi is cooperative and we can look forward to a great July 4th celebration.”
This year marks the second consecutive year for the local Naturalization Ceremony to be held on July 4.
“The Court is pleased to announce that U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will be the guest speaker for the event,” said U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., who will preside over the Naturalization Ceremony.
Before the fireworks display, the Southeast Missourian will recognize its recipient of the Spirit of America Award. This is the 14th year of this annual award that celebrates an individual who goes above and beyond to help others, give back to the community and uphold the American spirit.
The deadline for Spirit of America Award nominations is June 14. Organizations and individuals in Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger, Stoddard and Scott counties in Missouri and Union, Pulaski and Alexander counties in Illinois are invited to submit nominations. Mail your entry to the Southeast Missourian, Spirit of America Award, PO Box 699, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, or fill out the online nomination form at semissourian.com/spirit.
A free shuttle will be provided by Isle Casino from the Show Me Center to downtown. Handicapped parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the city parking lots adjacent to Broadway and Main Streets, as well as at Broadway and Water Streets. Vehicles must have appropriate tags and licenses.
The program will be broadcast live on 960 KZIM and 1400 KSIM and at 9 p.m., all River Radio stations will play patriotic music as the fireworks commence. No personal fireworks will be allowed onsite at the event.
In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will move to Tuesday, July 5, and the naturalization and Spirit of America program will remain on July 4 and move inside the Common Pleas Courthouse.
Proud event co-hosts and sponsors include the City of Cape Girardeau, the Southeast Missourian, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau and River Radio. Contributors include Osage Marine, Shivelbines Music and Sound, Tower Stone and Rock Company and rustmedia.
For more information, please contact City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation at 573-339-6340.

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