Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The 2014 Moncks Corner Fourth of July celebration came with a bit of a unique twist this year.
The Fourth of July celebration actually happened on July 4.
“This was the first time in my nine years here that our annual street dance actually took place on July 4,” said Moncks Corner Park and Rec Director Ralph Jones. “We had a little less turnout, but we didn’t know how many people we’d have with the dance falling on the actual Fourth of July.”
Mother Nature was on her best behavior with temperatures in the low 90s and no threat of rain in the forecast. The town couldn’t have asked for a better Fourth of July.
“Overall we were very pleased with the turnout Friday night for both the parade and the street dance,” Jones said. “The air drone was a big hit. People loved seeing aerial views of the Depot and the dance.”
The parade was a renewed success with the shorter parade route proving to be less of a strain on both the participants and parade watchers lining Main Street.
The parade began near the Berkeley Alternative School and terminated at the Town Depot. The town’s intention was to shorten the route because of the intense summer heat and compact the viewing audience into a shorter parade route.
“In the past the parade had been so spread out the viewing crowd was very sporadic,” Jones said. “This way we tighten up the crowd, which makes for a better parade experience for everybody.”
Jones said around 25 entries participated in the Fourth of July parade.
Moncks Corner Mayor and presumptive Berkeley County Supervisor-elect Bill Peagler rode in the parade and thanked the voters of Moncks Corner and Berkeley County as a whole for their support in the June 24 runoff election.
“I have enjoyed serving the people of Moncks Corner as their mayor and look forward to serving the people of Berkeley County as their new supervisor,” Peagler said, who has always enjoyed participating in the town’s parades. “Working together we can continue to make both Moncks Corner and Berkeley County a better place to live.”
With the completion of the town’s new municipal recreation complex, this could be the last year for the annual street dance at the Behrman Street location.
According to Town Administrator Marc Hehn, the town’s goal is to host the 2015 street dance and Fourth of July celebration at the new rec center complex.
“We want to move the street dance across the street to the town’s new recreational complex,” Hehn said. “We would get to take advantage of the extra space and centralized parking and be able to expand the dance festival and Fourth of July weekend celebration.”
The rec center complex is nearing completion and preparing to host its inaugural Town Festival and BBQ “Cooker of the Year” competition.
This two-day event will take place at the new regional recreation complex on Nov. 7-8, 2014.
The event will include the top 12 barbecue cookers in the Southern Barbeque Network who qualify for this special invitation only competition. The winner of the Lions Club’s Anything Butt BBQ Cook Off in September will get an automatic invitation to the SBN cook off.
The two-day festival will feature entertainment, vendors, a Battle of the Banks “chili cook-off”, a custom golf cart show, a children’s area, and much more, according to the Moncks Corner town website.