Get Ready for a ‘Hot Diggity’ Fourth of July in Sewanee
Let’s celebrate “Hot Diggity All-American Dogs!” More information at <http://www.sewanee4thofjuly.or...;.
July 3 Street Dance
The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 3, in Angel Park, with a water slide for the children, plenty of food vendors, and all-around family fun. The Street Dance will start at 7 p.m. featuring live music by EagleManiacs. This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Business Alliance.
The Sewanee Community Center is hosting a Sunrise Yoga session at 7 a.m., Monday, July 4, in Manigault Park. The class is free and for any level of yoga ability. Please bring your own mat. The rain location is in Sewanee Community Center.
Join the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in celebrating their 43rd annual Pub Run starting at 8 a.m. Runners will meet at the MSSA Front Gate and run to Shenanigans (6.4 miles) on the Mountain Goat Trail. Walkers may start at Dollar General. The fee for the run is $20. Pre-register at the MSSA Office or call (931) 924-2286 for more information. All are welcome to participate. There will be awards for winners and beer at the finish line.
Rise and shine on the Fourth of July with local Boy Scout Troop 14 at the 49th annual Flag Raising ceremony. This year the ceremony kicks off at 8 a.m. at Juhan Bridge in Abbo’s Alley with a pot-luck breakfast following in the shared driveway of the Smiths, Gardners, and Beaumont Zuckers. Come join us in this festive celebration and tradition of patriotic song, accompanied by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Brass Quintet, flag raising, and fellowship. Bring something to share for potluck breakfast. The Friends of Abbo’s Alley provides juice and coffee. Everyone is welcome, please come. Enter Abbo’s Alley at 143 Florida by Avenue. Chairs in the breakfast area will be available for those who want to listen to the music and sing.
Arts & Crafts Fair Vendors
Join us in Shoup Park starting at 9 a.m., Monday, July 4, to find gifts for your friends and family or a treasure for yourself at the arts and crafts fair. Browse the booths for a wide variety of artisanal artifacts that just might be exactly what you were looking for.
Vendors along University Avenue will begin selling food and drinks at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit the Munchie Map tab on <sewanee4thofjuly.org> to view all the food vendors and their planned locations.
Enter your favorite pooch in the 2022 Fourth of July Mutt Show! All dogs are welcome to compete — no talent necessary. Registration for the Mutt Show will take place from 9–9:45 a.m. in Manigault Park. The show begins at 10 a.m. Ribbons will be awarded for these canine categories: Best Dressed, Owner/Dog Look-Alike, Best Theme, Best Trick and Judges’ Choice. Entrants may register to compete in two categories. The registration fee is $5 per category, and all proceeds will go to the Fourth of July Fireworks. Audience members may contribute to Animal Harbor and MARC. In case of rain, the Mutt Show will take place in the Equestrian Center.
SSMF Pop-Up Brass Quintet
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival Brass Quintet will be performing outside of All Saints’ Chapel beginning at 11:30 a.m. Keep an ear out for their inspiring patriotic performances.
Annual Cake Baking Contest
Calling all cake bakers! It is time to put your cakes on display. Do you have a favorite cake recipe or a talent for cake decorating? Showcase your skills by entering your cake in the Sewanee Woman’s Club Annual Cake Contest. Entering is free of charge.
The categories are Best Tasting, Best Decorated and Best Representation of Theme. Let your creativity shine with this year’s theme – “Hot Diggity All-American Dogs.”
Adult winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of theme will receive gift cards from the Piggly Wiggly and Mooney’s Market and Emporium.
Adult winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of the Theme will be entered in the Best All-Around Category. The winner of Best All-Around category will receive $100 courtesy of The Sewanee Mountain Messenger and a $50 gift certificate from The Lemon Fair. And, thanks to Ken Taylor of Taylor’s Mercantile, the baker of the best all-around cake can display the beautiful first place ribbon in the parade.
Youth (under 13) winners will receive $10 from The Sewanee Mountain Messenger and a card for ice cream from The Blue Chair.
Bring your cake to the American Legion between 9-9:45 a.m. on Monday, July 4, to register. If you want to write a short description of the cake, please bring it with you and we will put it alongside your entry. Winners will be announced at noon.
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Breslin Tower Bells
At noon, the University of the South Guild of Change-Ringers will perform at Breslin Tower.
Charlene Williamson, Joseph Wehmeyer, Marian Dampier, and Raymond Gotko will perform a Carillon Recital at 1 p.m. Bring a chair to All Saints’ Chapel to enjoy the music outside.
Sewanee Fourth of July Parade Entries
There are so many creative ways to strut your stuff down University Avenue, and they range from traditional and elaborate to simple, elegant, memorable, and bizarre.
Anything with wheels is good: flatbeds, cars, Wienermobiles, convertibles, golf carts, wagons, wheelbarrows, bikes, big wheels, scooters.
But on foot (or hooves) could be even better, especially if you’ve got a colorful banner (and/or signs, big hats, hotdog costumes, confetti, giant pinwheels, hotdogs glued onto your person) declaring who you are and what you do for this diverse community.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 4; lineup begins at noon on Georgia Avenue, and judging begins at 1 p.m. Please enter on Mississippi Avenue from University Avenue, and our tent will be set up catty-cornered from Benedict Hall and the parking lot on the corner.
We will have trophies for best float, best decorated vehicle, and best horse, and blue ribbons for best decorated bicycle, best banner, best costume, and judge’s favorite.
Fill out the parade entry form <http://www.sewanee4thofjuly.or...;.
Let’s Ride, Y’all!
Every parade needs a bike brigade! Join us for a short ride down University Avenue to show our colors and create more positive awareness for bike riding in our community. All ages and types of bikes are welcome. Parents must accompany any children who are too young to ride independently. Meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 4, in front of Guerry Auditorium.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON UNIVERSITY AVENUE. All vehicles must be moved before Noon to make room for the parade. Some parking will be available at the Sewanee Community Center/Sewanee Senior Center behind the Sewanee market. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. starting at the caution light at the intersection of Georgia and University Avenues and will travel downtown. Please note that sirens will be on for the duration of the parade.
Fireworks Blowout & Food Truck Alley
There will be plenty of food vendors lined up along Breakfield Road, starting at 5 p.m. to feed your appetite while you wait for the fireworks to start. Visit the Munchie Map tab on <sewanee4thofjuly.org> to view all the food vendors that will be available. After dark, the Fireworks Show will be at Lake Cheston. There will be a suggested donation of $1 to contribute to next year’s fireworks. As in the past, this is a walking or biking event for most participants. Please plan accordingly to walk or bike to Lake Cheston. Parking at the Lake will be limited to disabled and special needs only. You will need to display your Disabled Driver Decal or Placard to be allowed to park at Lake Cheston.
The Sewanee Fourth of July is sponsored by the University of the South and the Sewanee Community Chest, with leadership from the Sewanee Fourth of July Committee.