The month of July begins next week and brings with it one of the most celebrated national holidays of the year.

The Fourth of July Independence Day is a big birthday party which began 243 years ago when 13 colonies claimed their independence from England in 1776.

Happy Birthday America!

Liberty will mark Independence Day with a 3-day weekend, July 3, 4 and 5, with social distancing at Liberty’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Festival on the courthouse square.

During the first day, vendors are busy creating their displays in anticipation of the 5 p.m. opening on Friday, July 3.

The much anticipated Liberty Volunteer Fire Department’s multi-team Water Ball Competition delights visitors of all ages beginning at 6 p.m. Friday wraps up with the Sean Lamb Band beginning at 8 p.m. near the beer garden.

Saturday’s July 4th schedule is packed with something for everyone from the 8:30 a.m. start of the annual Freedom Run to the Fourth of July Parade at 7 p.m. and Corey Cox music near the beer garden.

In between, the day is filled with contests (Pie Baking, Hula Hoop, Freckle, and Patriotic Baby Contest in the gazebo.)

The Line of Freedom Ceremony in front of the courthouse preludes the Fourth of July Parade from Union County Middle School to the main intersection of town. Parade entry forms may be found online at www.ucdc.us.

Vendors begin opening up at 11 a.m. on Sunday and welcome visitors until 4 p.m.

The annual pie sale at the log cabin begins at 11 a.m. followed by the Patriotic Chalk Art Competition from 1 to 2 p.m., closing out the three-day weekend Liberty Fourth of July Festival.