Members of the New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department and the New Waverly 4-H Community Club came together July 4th to host a full day of fun activities, continuing what has become a popular old-fashioned Independence Day celebration in Walker County.
The day began at 11 AM with over 650 attending a BBQ Lunch and live auction at St. Joseph’s Church in New Waverly. Auction items were donated by residents and area businesses and the live auction format generated a lot of excitement, raising over $14,000 to support 4-H youth programs and sponsorships.
The festivities continued that evening with a family style gathering around Prosperity Bank in downtown New Waverly. A Children’s pet parade was held and everyone set up at their favorite viewing location. The Fireworks show has grown in both size and popularity for several years now and can be seen from just about anywhere in town. Many residents choose to take up a chair or blanket on the grass at the bank close to the action, while others scatter out around area parking lots, schools and churches. By dark, nearly everyone in the New Waverly area appeared to have come to town as the crowd swelled into the thousands. The annual raffle drawing took place just as the sun was setting. This year’s Grand Prize winner took home a brand new Honda 4 Wheeler, with 2nd and 3rd place winners taking home a custom fire pit and a Big Screen TV.
Just after dark, the celebration was capped off with a 25 minute fireworks show put on by New Waverly Firefighters. The day’s events involved weeks of planning and hundreds of hours from both Firefighters and 4-H members, and would not be possible with the support of local businesses and residents who sponsor the celebration each year. In the end, good weather and planning made for a memorable 4th of July, with over $35,000 raised to support the youth of the community and the New Waverly 4-H Community Club.