Celebrate the 4th

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

If you are looking to celebrate this July 4th, there are several celebrations in Levy County that offer a fun-filled holiday.
The party begins on Tuesday when Williston holds its Independence Day Celebration with a parade, festival and fireworks. On Wednesday morning the folks in Cedar Key will salute residents serving in the military with a red-white-and-blue celebration of flags and bunting, a reading of the honor roll of service members, a parade through the historic downtown and, later in the evening, with an impromptu fireworks show.
Also on Wednesday the Town of Bronson  will celebrate beginning with a family fun festival and ending with fireworks in the town's sports park.
The parade down Nobles Street from the high school to Knauff Funeral Home begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday. This year's parade theme will be "made in America."
At 6 p.m., the gates of the Williston Horseman's Park will open for a celebration starting at 7 p.m. There will be food, rides, booths and musical acts such as Javier Hernandez and the Shane Wooten Band. The evening will end with fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.
The event is free, but remember to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No coolers or pets will be allowed through the gate.
For more information  call Cyndie McQuaig at 352-528-3060 (City Hall).

The Town of Bronson will hold its 4th Annual 4th of July Fest at the Bronson Sports Complex on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The day's activities will feature fun for the whole family with music, dancing,  horseshoe pitching, pick-up softball,
kick ball, 50/50 raffle, face painting, kids games, food, craft and local farmers market vendors.
The public is invited to hang out with their neighbors and get acquainted with the community.
For more information, call 352-486-2354 or 352-486-1838.

Cedar Key
The annual Clamerica festival city-sponsored fireworks show are not being held, but some residents will be putting on their own show and the morning will kick off with the annual Independence Day parade of vehicles and vessels.
Fire Chief Robert Robinson is having the town decked in red, white and blue with flags and bunting. And he has gathered the honor roll of residents in the military.
At 11 a.m. folks will gather by the beachfront at City Park and line up for the annual parade. Any vehicle — or watercraft — that rolls can enter. The only rule would be that it have a patriotic, red-white-and-blue theme. It will follow a route around downtown and end at the park.
Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said don't worry about the leftovers from Tropical Storm Debby. "We'll have the beaches cleaned up."
Cindy and Pat Bonish have been working to put on a fireworks show behind their place, the Low-Key Hideaway and Tiki Bar.
Cindy Bonish said there is no room for  spectators at a planned fireworks party at the motel, but visitors will be able to view the fireworks from the Cedar Key Cemetery Point Park. at Gulf Boulevard and East Point Road.  She said the show would begin after it gets dark at about 9 p.m.