Heritage Singers will perform at Victory Baptist Church Sunday, July 3 at 6 p.m.

Fireworks, swimming, cookouts, family gatherings- Independence Day is a popular to congregate and celebrate the birth of our country.  This is also the day that many Christians celebrate freedom, both spiritual and physical, for the Fourth of July holiday.
On this Independence Day weekend, many local  churches will be celebrating  those who have sacrificed for our freedom. 
Celebrate America is a free community event being hosted by Bell Shoals Baptist Church on Sunday, July 3.  This event includes a drama and musical presentation Song of the Patriot, featuring a 150 voice choir, 40 piece orchestra, multimedia video presentation, as well recognition of  Military personnel. Presentations will be at 3:00 and 7:00 PM.
In addition, from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. the Freedom Fun Fest will provide outdoor activities for the entire family. Free food,  drinks, live entertainment, face painting, military vehicle displays, classic cars, motorcycles, rescue vehicles and Adopt a Soldier opportunities will be provided. The public is welcome to attend.  Bell Shoals is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd in Brandon.  For more information, visit www.bellshoals.com
Victory Baptist Church is also offering a free concert features the Heritage Singers, July 3 at 6 p.m. in their main auditorium. Victory Baptist Church is located at 4243 East Lumsden Rd. in Valrico.  For more information, call 689-1108 or visit www.vbcvalico.org.
Destiny Church is hosting an event entitled Honoring America Services on Sunday, July 3 at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Then at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Jerry Newcombe will be a special guest speaker.  Dr. Newcombe is the host and senior producer for the Coral Ridge Hour, the television outreach of the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. The author or co-author of 21 books, Dr. Newcombe has an extensive knowledge of the Christian heritage of the United States. He co-authored What If America Were A Christian Nation Again with Dr. Kennedy. His latest book is The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation.  Dr. Newcombe’s extensive knowledge of the founding of America and our Christian heritage is the backdrop for a message that will inspire and challenge all who hear it.  Destiny Church is located at 2322 11th Ave. S.E. in Ruskin. For more information, call 645-3337 or visit www.aplace4everyone.org. However your family tradition celebrates this special holiday, take a moment to remember the sacrifices made to allow the freedom of our faith and worship.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.