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City prepares for annual Independence Day celebration

It’s been months in the making, and the time has finally arrived.

Russellville’s annual Jam on Sloss Lake will welcome the community for Independence Day July 4, featuring a full day of live entertainment and ending with a bang of spectacular fireworks.

“I am so excited. We’ve had people calling from everywhere – from 100 miles away,” said Russellville City Councilman Gary Cummings, who takes the lead on coordinating the Jam each year. “I think we’re on board to have the largest event we’ve ever had out there.”

A car show will kick the day off at 7:30 a.m., accompanied by live music:

  • 8 a.m. – Buford Parker
  • 9 a.m. – Jacob Green
  • 10 a.m. – Joseph Baldwin
  • 11 a.m. – Travis Womack
  • Noon – Southband

Afternoon bands include Purpose at 4 p.m., the KGB at 4:50 p.m., Rewind at 5:50 p.m. and 3 Wheel Drive at 6:50 p.m. This year’s headlining band, taking the stage at 8 p.m., is Shenandoah. Fireworks are slated for 9:30 p.m.

Food vendors and bouncy houses for children will also available at the Jam.

Russellville Police and Fire Departments will have personnel on site throughout the festival for safety and security. A medical tent will be available to address heat-related issues and other medical needs.

In addition to parking at the main lot at Sloss Lake, three additional parking areas have been designated. For all the details on parking and traffic July 4, visit www.russellvilleal.org and click Jam on Sloss Lake under the Events tab.

“Bring your lawn chairs and family and just have a good time,” said Cummings. “We’re going to try to make this as close to a perfect event as we can make it.”

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