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July 4 celebrations planned at Lincoln Park and Buffalo church

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Fireworks show caps events in Buffalo

By Linda Ireland

A pair of very different community events are planned for the Fourth of July.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park is presenting two programs from the Frazier International History Museum and a living history military encampment.

The Civil War military encampment will be at the site 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Re-enactors include Eric Franz, Jeremy White and Vestal Rodgers.

Costumed interpreters present “Mr. Lincoln Looks Back” at 11 a.m. and “Day in a Soldier’s Life: The American Civil War” at 2 p.m.

“Mr. Lincoln Looks Back” is a 15-minute interpretation with audience participation. Lincoln reflects on his life up until his election as an Illinois state representative.

“Day in a Soldier’s Life” is a 30-minute, interactive presentation aimed at children 12 and younger. In this performance, a Union soldier describes camp life during our nation’s greatest conflict.

The performances will be held on the steps of the Memorial Building, weather permitting, said education specialist Stephen A. Brown who is coordinating the event. In case of inclement weather, they will be held in the auditorium of the visitor’s center.

The encampment will be held at the base of the Memorial Building.

The programs also are available at the Louisville museum, according to Krista McHone, public relations and marketing director for the museum.

There is no admission charged to the park which is open 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m. For more information, call 358-3137.

Community picnic

At 5 p.m., Buffalo Baptist Church will host a community picnic and cookout on the church campus.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, drinks and homemade ice cream are on the menu.

There also will be bounce houses for children. A fireworks show is planned as well.

Singing on the porch begins at 6 p.m. Gospel groups include Redeemed and Rusty Gate Quartet. Kenny Stinson and Perfect Timing will provide Bluegrass music. Other singers include Glen Rice, Brenda Martin, Eddie Black, Rodney Troutman and Terry Sandidge.

Bring a lawn chair.

In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors.

Call 325-3820 for more information.