The planning phase of this year’s Fourth of July celebration, July 3 and 4 in Greenfield, is nearly compete.
Greenfield Chamber/Main Street Promotions Committee Chair Nate Maiers has facilitated much of the planning for the celebration thus far and is excited for the celebration that is to come.
“There’s been a lot of people helping me out with this project from the Chamber to community members in the planning process giving ideas, or in reaching out to businesses, it’s been awesome,” Maiers said. “We’re now wrapping up. It’s basically crunch time and we’re making sure we’re crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s, if you will.”
Most of the entertainment and food needs the festival will have are taken care of at this point. The next phase of planning will be plugging volunteers into countless roles that will collectively make the event happen.
“The next few weeks we’re going to be making plans of when volunteers will be working, when and where that will be, making sure we have adequate help for setup, tear down and running the event,” Maiers said. “We’re super excited. It takes a village, as they say.”
This year’s celebration theme is “Firecrackin’ 4th.” A more in-depth schedule for the celebration will be printed in the July 29 edition of the newspaper, however the main idea is that Sunday, July 3, evening festivities will be held at Lake Greenfield, with fireworks. The next morning, events will begin in Greenfield with a late-morning parade and plenty of entertainment and food options through the middle of the day and into the afternoon.
“People like to have a good community celebration. I know we had a lot of comments on the food, so we’ve reached out to local restaurants and food vendors, making sure we can satisfy those needs,” Maiers said. “Otherwise, Fourth of July has always just been one of those party holidays where everybody likes to sit back, enjoy family and friends, and enjoy the weather, being outside and some fireworks at the end of the day.”
Maiers, who is relatively new to the area, is grateful for the teamwork that has gotten the Fourth of July celebration to this point.
“I’m kind of coming in here in the dark, not having seen how Greenfield does a Fourth of July celebration in the past. I’m kind of going off of what I’ve heard from people and making it the best event I can make it,” Maiers said. “We’re hoping everyone has a great time and comes out to support the cause.”