The sounds of sweet freedom will ring loud and clear at Sully’s annual Fourth of July celebration on Thursday, July 4. Hundreds of people will gather in Sully for the wide range of family-friendly activities, which will take place starting Saturday, June 29.
The annual tractor ride will kick off Fourth of July festivities bright and early on Saturday, June 29. Riders will meet on the north side of the square at 8:15 a.m. in preparation for the 9 a.m. departure. The trip will take them to New Sharon and Pella before returning back to Sully.
A full day of fun is planned in Sully on Thursday, July 4. Weather permitting, a fly-in will take place at the Sully Airport starting at 7 a.m. The Faithwalkers Youth Group will be holding their annual Fourth of July freewill donation breakfast in the Sully Community Center from 7-9:30 a.m. La Rose Marie Bakery will also be open 7-11:30 a.m. on the south side of the square selling select special items while supplies last.
At 8 a.m., runners and walkers of all skill levels will compete in the 24th annual Freedom Fun Run/Walk. The one-mile and 5K race will start and end on the west side of the Sully square. A free kids run around the square for ages eight and under will take place at 9:10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to stick around for the ceremony taking place after the races.
Free coffee and donuts will be served by the Garden Thyme Club at Deep Rock Station starting at 9 a.m. The Deep Rock Ice Cream Shoppe will also be open until 2 p.m.
The Sully First Reformed Church south parking lot is where parade pre-registration will take place for everyone participating in the parade with the exception of kiddie parade entries who should meet by Deep Rock Station. Veterans are encouraged to meet at the northeast corner of the Sully square prior to the parade to ride on a trailer with fellow veterans. No pre-registration is needed.
From 9-9:45 a.m., inflatables and games will welcome kids in the Sully Central Park. This fun and much-anticipated bonus for the younger crowd is sponsored by the Diamond Trail Children’s Center. The fun will continue after the parade from 11 a.m. to noon.
At 9:50 a.m., opening ceremonies will take place. The parade will start at 10 a.m. Following the parade, inflatables and games will again be available for children in Sully Central Park and the Sully Lions Club will be serving a freewill donation meal. This year proceeds will benefit the family of Shelby Agan.
New this year is SullyOke CPS – karaoke on the central park stage. Join others singing patriotic songs and more. You only need to show up and be ready to have fun and entertain – music will be provided.
At noon, local firefighters’ and kids will battle it out in the annual water fights near the Sully Fire Station. From 1-5 p.m., antique tractors will be showing their might in the tractor pulls located in the northwest corner of the Sully Business Park.
Fourth of July activities in Sully will wrap up on Sunday, July 7, with a community worship in Sully Central Park. Sully churches and Lynnville Friends Church are excited to welcome the Ushinidi Choir, a 30-member group made up of Bembe Congolese youth who grew up in refugee camps in Tanzania and Burundi. The group comes to Sully from Daniel and Sarah (Vander Linden) Zagami’s church plant, Swahili Evangelical Refugee Fellowship of Atlanta. Attendees of the community worship are encouraged to take their lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside Sully Community Church.