4th of July celebration Thursday night at MSSU

Joplin Parks and Recreation will again partner with Missouri Southern State University for Joplin’s Independence Day celebration this year.

The celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, at Fred G. Hughes Stadium on MSSU’s campus. This family event will feature live music, bounce houses and food trucks in addition to fireworks.

Live music by The New Waves will start at 7 p.m.

The fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes.

Numerous food vendors will offer a variety of options for attendees. We Be Bouncin’ will offer bounce houses, and NWA Bat will have an inflatable batting cage. There will be a charge for these activities.

Music to go with the fireworks show will be broadcast on 88.7 KXMS.

Seating is available in the stadium and along the grass around the field, and plenty of parking will be available throughout the campus.

Personal fireworks, pets, grills, and alcohol are not allowed in the stadium.

But wait, there are more fireworks to come

Webb City’s fireworks show will be held July 13, at the end of Cruise-A-Palooza, in King Jack Park.

CJ Lions Club to celebrate 20 years at July breakfast

The Carl Junction Lions Club’s July First Saturday Breakfast on July  6 will double as a celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

“Come see what the club has done in the past 20 years,” says Lion Marlene Payne. “Join the club and help with the future years.”

Breakfast will be served – as it is on the first Saturday of every month – from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main Street. It costs $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 10. There also will be door prizes for the celebration.

First Baptist sets Great Jungle Journey VBS for July 15-18

First Baptist Church of Webb City has the Great Jungle Journey, an epic cruise from Genesis through Revelations, scheduled for its vacation Bible school.

Amid sloths, butterflies, river dolphins, and dart frogs, children will sail along on a fun jungle cruise, stopping at seven ports of call. These ports are the 7 C’s of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross and Consummation.

Kids will discover how these events shape our world, and how to reconnect the Bible to their everyday life.

The four-night VBS, for ages 2 through sixth grade, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 15-18. A light meal will be provided.

VBS Family Night will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19.

Registration is online.