Clare concert celebrates Independence Day early

CLARE — The rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air will take place Friday June 24 at 8 p.m. at Clare Shamrock Park. 

As a celebration of America’s Independence the Gateway Community Band will be performing a tribute to America. Those in attendance will be treated to a wide array of music thru the years ranging from marches to blues to rock and roll. Featured in this year’s concert will be a medley of songs from Britain’s rock band Queen: We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust and We Are the Champions. Also being performed will be St Louis Blues which contains a mix of swing and Dixieland. To complete the celebrations are: An American Celebration and John Philip Sousa’s Washington Post March and The Stars and Stripes Forever.

Although July 4th is now considered a national holiday it took almost 100 years before the country reached this point. As seen throughout history America has at times shown a lack of interest in its’ past, often times requiring political turmoil to remind us once again that we are a nation that is strong and proud and free from the rule of others.

Throughout history America has endured however slowly and trying that journey may sometimes be. 

The Declaration of Independence took 86 attempts before it was finally declared official. As any musician can appreciate the first public reading was accompanied by bells and band music. Please join the GCB as they help as they help John Adams celebrate what he described as a day of deliverance which should be celebrated with pomp and parade, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other! 

Please bring a chair to this outdoor concert and enjoy the city’s fireworks to follow.