MOUNT CARMEL — Are you ready for an action-packed week of festivities to commemorate our nation’s freedom?

Whether you’re grilling out at home, or choosing to partake in the celebrations throughout the city this weekend, this year’s slate gives you a slew of options.

Wednesday, July 1The festivities begin with a Walk-Up Wednesday at Merchant’s Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This week’s event will be sponsored by R’z Cafe and Catering.

Later that night there’ll be the Freedom Celebration at the Heartland Worship Center to celebrate our nation’s freedom. The event spans from 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, July 2Quack quack. Nope, not the Aflac duck. That’s right, the 21st Annual Wabash County Retail Merchants Committee Duck Race is still a go despite the city pool being closed for the summer!

Although there won’t be a considerable crowd of spectators on hand to witness the rubber ducks flow from the slide at the city pool, it will be hosted at 6 p.m. and shown live on the Retail Merchant Committee’s Facebook page.

Tickets can still be purchased at Participating RMC Members, Walk-Up-Wednesdays, or via the Retail Merchants Committee Facebook Page.

Friday, July 3If you’re looking to start your weekend off with some golf, West Berwick Golf Course in Mount Carmel is waiving all Greens Fees for Veterans and Active Duty Military for the remainder of the weekend. If you elect to golf on the Fourth of July, a tee time is required.

Then, the Public Fish Fry will be held at the Wabash County Senior Center and Cafeteria, beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 12:30 p.m.

Cost for lunch is $4.25 for Seniors 60 and over, $6.25 for those under 60, $5 for students, $1.25 for children 12 and under.

Orders will be available as carry-outs only.

After you conclude 18 holes at West Berwick, what better way to finish out your night than with some music?

Clayton Mann, a country singer from Nashville, Tenn., will be performing in a concert at Merchant’s Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bill Stone is the opening act at 6:30 p.m. with Mann to follow.

If you elect to enjoy the tunes of the night on Market Street — whether from the lawn or in your car — they’ll be plenty of food options to pick from for dinner.

Two Farmers Burgers and Beignets, Beer Bones BBQ, Kolb’s Culinary Creations, and Sno Shack are some of the featured food trucks or stands which will be lacing the block on Market Street.

Food trucks will begin serving at 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 4The “main course” per say comes on Saturday, as Mount Carmel celebrates the Fourth of July.

Though COVID-19 restrictions will limit some of the capacity at Riverview Stadium, residents will still be able to enjoy the fireworks over the Wabash from the Stadium stands, the practice field, the cars, or anywhere they deem throughout the city.

Saturday’s schedule looks like:

11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. — Family Cookouts around Wabash County.

7 p.m. — Sno-Cones and Drink Concessions at the Top of Riverview Stadium — Kylie Applebey.

8:45 p.m. — Star Spangled Banner.

9:00 p.m. — Fireworks Over The Wabash!

Enjoy the fireworks across the night sky, but do so safely! Remember to social distance, and bring lawn chairs, in case you watch from the practice field or just outside your car on Golden Aces Way!

Sunday, July 5The festivities and the extended weekend conclude on Sunday with another annual Mount Carmel tradition — the 56th Annual Rotary Corn Day.

Again, COVID restrictions have changed how this staple event in the community will take place.

Beginning at 11 a.m., consumers can purchase their lunches at the Mabel Courter 4-H Center in either of two drive-thru lanes. Dinners will consist of Fried or Grilled Chicken, Slaw, and Fantastic Sweet Corn.

Times may vary with the new mandated system, so patience should be exercised when purchasing lunch.

The cost for the meal is $10 — if the ticket was purchased in advance — otherwise it’s $12 the day of.

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