The city organizes summer events and film series

Bluffton is known for its festivals and community spirit, so it was a tough two years to be separated from our neighbors. It’s one of the reasons the town hosts two summer events for kids, an Independence Day celebration for the community, and a movie series for families.

The city’s inaugural Independence Day celebration will take place on Saturday, July 2. The celebration will begin with a pre-party at Martin Family and DuBois parks, and the fireworks will begin shortly after 9 p.m.

The pre-party, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will take place at Martin Family and DuBois parks. This pre-party will include a band, interactive games for kids, concessions, a rock wall, bungee jumping station and bouncy houses. The fireworks will begin around 9 p.m., launched from a barge into the May River. This exhibit can be viewed from the Oyster Factory and Wright Family parks.

Public parking is available at the Dr. Mellichamp Drive parking lot, City Hall and MC Riley Sports Complex. The public can also park at the Cornerstone Church parking lot, accessible from Calhoun and Boundary streets. The city has an agreement with the church; so it is free parking.

Campbell Chapel AME Church (Boundary Street) and First Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Wharf Street) are allowing the public to park in their parking lots for a donation. The cost to Campbell Chapel is $15 and First Zion accepts donations for its programs.

The municipality also organizes “jump and slide” summer evenings for children.

The inaugural event, “Jump into Summer,” will take place June 11 at Buckwalter Place Park and “Slide Out of July” will take place July 16 on the Great Lawn at Oscar Frazier Park, affectionately known as the Field of Dreams. Each event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Jump into Summer” will feature bouncy houses, video games played on a Jumbotron TV, lawn games, a DJ playing music, a concession stand and fun prizes for attendees.

“Slide Out of July” will feature water slides versus bouncy houses as well as video games, lawn games, a DJ, concession stand and fun prizes for attendees.

Please also check the city’s social media sites such as Facebook and Nextdoor for movie times. There are five more movie nights from June to December in city parks.

City leaders and staff hope these events give you the opportunity to meet new neighbors and have fun as a community.

If you have any questions about our wonderful town, please don’t hesitate to contact Town Hall at 706-4500 or email Lisa Sulka at [email protected]

Andrea G. Henderson