Donations needed to ensure festival's success

We are approaching an anniversary of an experiment: government by the consent of the governed. For all of our differences as individuals, we can come together for an annual renewal of support for and to celebrate an aspirational goal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

This year will mark the 242nd anniversary of this experiment in representative democracy in the form of the United States of America.

July 4 is the traditional celebration date of the Declaration of Independence. Seven years ago, a small group of local individuals formed the Clinton July 4th Festival and set about on a task to continue the commemoration of this event.

Thousands have joined us at Riverview Park on July 4 to participate in a family friendly event. Among the events featured have been a parade, live local musical acts, activities for people of all ages, games and tournaments, and, of course, fireworks following a professional baseball game. Other activities also take place, but many of these events would not be possible without the generous contributions of individuals and businesses. In the past, this event has been possible only because of these contributions.

The 2018 event is again dependent on the support of civic- and historical-minded local individuals and businesses that are proud of the opportunities available and made possible by a small group of people willing to commit to a common effort 242 years ago.

Without your generosity, it would not be possible to host the July 4th celebration for 2018. The event has been kept local and small by design. There are no plans to charge admission to participate, although some activities and items have an entry fee or cost. The parade, the music, the kids’ events and the fireworks are made available without a fee but not without a cost. The volunteers that give of their time and effort to make this possible are in the process of organizing this year’s event, which entails creating a budget and finding the financial support to make it possible.

Any and all contributions are appreciated and necessary, whether it is $10, $100 or $1,000. All of your contributions are used to produce the event you see at Riverview Park. There are many options and opportunities to help with this effort.

We have established a GoFundMe account for your convenience.

You can donate and receive a 2018 commemorative button featuring the design by the winner of our annual contest. Buttons are available at local businesses and from committee members.

On June 13 from 5 to 8 p.m., Pizza Ranch will sponsor a community-impact evening at their Clinton locale, with tips and a percentage of gross sales being donated to the festival.

On July 3, you can start your celebration at a Bowman, Pickney & Evans concert starting at 6 p.m. and an auto show from 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverview Stadium, with goodwill donations being collected for the July 4 event.

David Helscher, 2018 Chairman of the Clinton July 4th Festival