There are very few days out of the year that the whole town of Minersville gets together to celebrate. The 4th of July is one of those days and many people come back to their hometown of Minersville to participate in. This is not a grand celebration, nothing big or fancy, but much rather just a small town get togehter that celebrates this great nation and a fun little town built on heritage.
The morning starts off with canons being fired at 6 a.m. right in the middle of the town that everyone can hear. The day slowly moves along and starts with a small town parade. The parade is never anything glamorous, no big floats or fancy decorations, but a simple parade that only lasts about 20 minutes (22 minutes this year). This year seemed to be bigger this year than last and featured a female lawnmowing group. Now to say bigger means that it lasted 22 minutes instead of 18 minutes. The biggest part of parade is always the kids with their bikes, four-wheelers, and motorcycles cruising throught the back part of the parade.
Next the town moves to the program which was at the park instead of the church this year. The outside performance featured songs, dances, a brief history lesson on the nation and the small town of Minersville. Every year there is a small tribute to the veterans of Minersville and the town gives a standing ovation to the wonderful men and women who have protected this country from Minersville. After the program the town celebrates the 4th of July in the park with a lunch that feeds the whole town for a small price, games and events for the kids, and the biggest events of the kid’s races and the raffle. The kid’s races start the events in the park and the race starts with those under 1 year who can crawl. The little kids are always fun to watch as they race to be the fastest. They continue up in age and the boys will race and the girls will race. The town gathers along the outside of the ropes to watch the children race down the park. During this time, the drawing is going on where there are many prizes donated to the drawing. The biggest prize this year was a big screen tv, but it features many different gift cards, prizes, crafts, and services that are given to the lucky person. After the races comes the kid boxing. Yep, that’s right, the kids get a minute boxing each other for fun. There is never any real damage done and only about 1 or 2 will end up crying, and the rest leave with a small on their face.
The day continues on with the free swim (yes Minersville does have a swimming pool). This is a 2 hour swim where the kids swim for free and dive for quarters that are thrown at the bottom of the pool. The night continues with bbqs and family gatherings before the fireworks show. This year the fireworks were cancelled because of the dry weather and the increasing fires around the state.
This celebration is not glamorous or fancy, but it is a time to get together with the ones you love and celebrate this great nation. It is a time for kids to play and for people who have moved out of town to come back and reconnect with people from the town. It’s a fun simple event that people try and make each and every year.
Minersville Royalty - These are the kids who are going to be seniors at Beaver High School the following year.
The Dairy Princesses with Cory Gillins driving
The park before the events kick off
The program at the park this year
The footraces at the park.