Guests enjoy Garden City Freedom Celebration, back after a break

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The Garden City Freedom Celebration was back Sunday night after not being held last year. (Andrew Cryer for The Tribune)

GARDEN CITY – After taking a year off in 2017 due to financial reasons, the Garden City faith community’s Freedom Celebration was back stronger than ever Sunday evening.

The seventh annual event, held at Garden Trail, was organized by Garden City First Baptist Church, Garden City Church of God and Garden City Congregational Church.

Town council member and pastor of Garden City First Baptist Church, Scott Arnold, said he was very pleased with the turnout and the success of the celebration prior to the celebration’s main attraction—the fireworks. Arnold estimated that as the celebration was kicking off, easily 200 to 300 were in attendance. Based on previous year’s success, he said he planned to see upwards of 600 people watching fireworks well into the night.

Alongside fireworks, several attractions were made available for children in the community, including face painting, train rides and inflatables. Guests also enjoyed free hot dogs.

Arnold said he hopes that, by the churches hosting the event, the people of Garden City realize that “we appreciate the people of Garden City.”

He said, “I think it’s super that we were able to come together as a body of Christ, regardless of church; it’s about reaching our community… it’s also just a good time!”

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