CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee. – The City of Clarksville’s Independence Day celebration will look different this year amid health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. While no fireworks celebration is planned, Clarksville Parks & Recreation is preparing multiple events and activities leading up to Independence Day.
Toddler Fourth of July Craft Class will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m Monday, June 29 at Crow Recreation Center. This program will provide a multi-sensory patriotic experience for children. The activities, such as the handprint flag shirt, are designed so toddlers can do them independently or with minimal help from their parent/guardian. Bringing an oversized t-shirt or apron is encouraged. The cost is $3 per person.
Yankee Doodle Dandy Crafts and Snacks will be 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at Crow Recreation Center. Children 6-12 will have an opportunity to create various patriotic themed crafts and snacks such as Star Spangled Slime. Each participant will create four crafts and enjoy two snacks. The cost is $5 per person.
Star-Spangled Family Non-Cooking Class will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The class is sponsored by Kroger on Madison Street. Families will have the opportunity to prepare food for their Fourth of July celebrations. Participants will rotate to six stations and prepare a sampling of various dishes. Each family will receive a recipe card at each station to take home. The cost is $20 per family.
Independence Day Attire creation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 3 at Kleeman Recreation Center. The event is sponsored by Parks & Recreation partner Artlink. Each participant will receive a white shirt, red and blue shirt dye, and instructions on how to fold and wrap the shirt into a design of their choice. The cost is $15 per person.
Hand sanitizer will be provided, face coverings are recommended, and social distancing guidelines will be followed at all in-person activities.
In addition to in-person programs, Clarksville Parks & Recreation is hosting the Firecracker Virtual 5K. Participants can choose to run either 1-mile or a 5K from July 1 to July 31. All participants will receive a T-shirt and 5K participants will receive a medal.
Pre-registration is required for all in-person events as well as the Firecracker Virtual 5K.
Finally, virtual programs will be shared through social media that showcase backyard games that can be played during your Independence Day celebration, as well as barbeque tips from the 2019 Clarksville BBQ Bash winner, Perry Pratt of The Big Orange Smokers.
About Clarksville Parks & Recreation
Clarksville Parks & Recreation provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in the Montgomery County and Fort Campbell area. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement—resulting in a stronger, better community.