American Legion kicks off area’s 4th of July celebrations

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Guests enjoyed bingo games before the fireworks. (Heather Mann for The Tribune)

GOOD HOPE – To kick off this year’s Fourth of July celebrations, Cullman’s American Legion Post 4 held its second annual community cookout, complete with bingo games and fireworks. Organizers were Post Commander Harold Barnard and his wife Becky, Becky's brother Donald Reid and his wife Diane, and Sid Parker.

Donald Reid shared that the bingo games help raise money for veterans and children. He said the American Legion helps veterans nearly any way it can, even helping vets pay for car repairs they couldn't otherwise afford. As for the children, the Legion helps fund programs like a shooting club, where the members learn proper firearms safety, and Boys & Girls State, where students spend a week participating in a mock government, elect their own governors (one for the Boys and one for the Girls), then meet in Washington, D.C. with Boys and Girls from other states to elect their president.

The night’s festivities concluded with a fireworks show, thanks to a donation from American Fireworks.

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