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Scenes from Bolivar Rotary's 2019 Celebration of Freedom on Southwest Baptist University campus, Thursday, July 4.
Jaxson Gage is decked out in his Fourth of July best as he tosses a football to his friend.
Nick and Shannon Snyder are all smiles as they bring Gracie, 8 months, to her first Celebration of Freedom.
Stella Behnke, left, and Makenzie Stepp, are deep in conversation while sitting on the fountain in the center of SBU’s forum Thursday night.
James Pope, left, and Bryan Cole, right, work hard making funnel cakes for a hungry crowd lined up at Countryside Assembly’s booth. Also pictured is Kim Wilson.
Bobbie Hawk, left, and Gray Nordan take a few moments to chat Thursday night.
MoonShot performs its first set to a crowd on Southwest Baptist University’s forum Thursday night.
A grill flames up as Bolivar High School wrestling coach Jeff Davis cooks up hamburgers and hot dogs at the team’s booth.
Hoping to beat the heat Thursday night, Zander Stimpson, center, and Jamee Daniel, right, wait for Craig Huff to make them a sno-cone at the House of Hope booth.
Eliza Miller, 3, munches on some popcorn while she sits next to her mom, Ellen Miller, on the ledge of SBU’s fountain.
Hank Martin, 2, enjoys the night’s activities with his best friend, Bronte, and his mom, Jenn Martin.
A group from Tumbles Gymnastics shows off its moves.
Holding hands with Tammy Staples, Jay, left, and Christopher, right, make their way across SBU’s forum to find the perfect spot to watch fireworks. Also pictured is Mike Erickson.
Polk County Sheriff’s deputies exchange a high five before the ceremony.
Cole Pirkle and Alex Doll with the Bolivar City Fire Department honor guard await the presentation of the colors.
Sheriff Danny Morrison and a Polk County deputy prepare to present flags during the ceremony.
Josie Thomas performs the National Anthem in front of Mabee Chapel on the Southwest Baptist University campus, Thursday, July 4.
Polk County Sheriff’s deputies hold the flags of each branch of the U.S. Military before the veteran recognition part of the program.
U.S. Navy veterans walk toward the stage behind the flag of their branch.
U.S. Marine Corps veterans pat each other on the back during the ceremony.
U.S. Armed Forces veterans walk toward the stage behind the flag of their branch.
Bolivar Rotary Club member Dave Berry shakes hands with a veteran during the ceremony.
State Rep. Mike Stephens, right, leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2019 Celebration of Freedom.
Rotary president Taylor Howe interacts with Gary Urich during the ceremony.
Holly Hill-Stanford, left, and Alvin Meyer, right, stand at attention during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Paislee Choate looks up to her grandmother, Debbi Roberts-McGinnis, learning how to stand during the National Anthem.
Becca Roberts shows her daughter Ainsley Roberts how to hold her hand over heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary president Taylor Howe speaks at the 2019 Celebration of Freedom.
SBU president Eric Turner discusses the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence during the CoF program.
The Rotary Club decorated SBU's forum the night before the Celebration of Freedom.
Members of the community choir perform at the Celebration of Freedom.
A parachuter sails through the air with an American flag in tow.
A crowd gathers on SBU's forum just before the fireworks show begins at the 2019 Celebration of Freedom.
Fireworks explode over the sky during the 2019 Celebration of Freedom.
Area residents gathered by the hundreds to ring in the country’s 243rd birthday Thursday, Ju…
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