July 4th Celebration
By Emma Brown
BRIGHTON — The Brighton community began its 4th of July celebration with the kids fishing tournament held on July 1.
Kids ranging from ages 5–17 gathered at the trading post campground to try their luck at fishing in the pound located behind the store. There were kids fishing on every side of the pond despite the blanket of lily pads that covered most of it. They were trying their luck with worms, crickets, bread, and shiners with which a large bass was caught by William Bearden.
Then on the evening of July 3, adults gather to battle it out in volleyball. The teams were co-ed and made up of two men and two women. The competitiveness can always be felt at this event as the teams rally to come out on top. Most of the events took place on actual Independence Day, July 4.
The day started with the Health department’s 5K walk/run at 6 a.m. This year’s 5K seemed to have one of the biggest turn outs ever of walkers and runners. Even kids came out at that early hour to participate. Luckily they were only required to run/walk a portion of the distance.
Also starting at 6 a.m. was the adult fishing tournament. Most walk/run participants came with their poles loaded so that they could immediately hit the banks of the canals in hopes of catching the big one. One mud fish caught by Amos Tiger weighed in at more than pounds!
After the fish were weighed in the rest of the days events began and a cold cut lunch was served. For the kids there were balloon tosses, three-legged races, softball throws, sack races, volleyball, and watermelon rolling. There were also train rides, water slides, rides and snow cones for the kids to enjoy throughout the day.
The adults had fun competing in the following events: watermelon roll, golf, horseshoes, and pie eating. This year’s pie eating had the highest number of entries yet. At the end of the day’s events seniors enjoyed a few rounds of bingo before supper. After supper many choose to attend either the rodeo going on at the arena or stay and listen to the music provided by a local band.
At 9 p.m. the main event started with a big bang, literally, with the beautiful fireworks show that lasted more than a half hour. Each year the fireworks are more beautiful than the last. Folks come from all around to enjoy what the Seminole Tribe’s Brighton reservation has to offer on Independence Day.
The Brighton council office, Brighton Recreation and Maintenance departments and others go out of their way to make the 4th of July an exciting and fun filled family event.