MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel concluded its Fourth of July weekend with its annual Corn Day festivity on Sunday, but it wasn’t before a divvy of events throughout the weekend.
Despite doubting the feasibility of a concert in early June, the city elected to proceed with a concert on Friday, July 3 at Merchants Park on the Harris Insurance Pavilion Stage.
The concert was highlighted by country singer Clayton Mann, a singer with local ties, but relocated to Nashville, Tenn. two years prior.
Mann took the stage around 7:45 p.m. and performed to a fairly crowded block, with spectators lacing both the lawn, and the adjacent sidewalks and streets (by their vehicles) in lawn chairs.
Mann performed songs such as his debut single, “COOLER,” which released on May 29, and has made its way to radio stations since its release.
Food options were plentiful and seemed to be quite the hit, with options such as Two Farmers Burgers and Beignets, Beer Bones BBQ, Kolb’s Culinary Creations, and other options such as the Sno Shack, and each often drawing lengthy lines.
One notable attendee was State Representative Darren Bailey, who was in town for the festivities, fresh off his legal victory over Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
The celebration led into the Fourth of July firework show on Saturday over the Wabash River.
With everything going on and all of the necessitated changes, this’ll be a Fourth of July we’ll never forget.