Uniontown’s Independence Day celebration is July 1

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Fireworks over Union State Bank, Uniontown, 2019. Submitted by Amy Holt.

The Uniontown Fireworks by Union State Bank is launched, but has been moved to Friday, July 1.

On that day, Uniontown Park will fill with residents and visitors to view the bank-bought fireworks.

Complimentary hot dogs, fries and a drink are provided free of charge at the bank.

“We usually serve about 500 hot dogs,” USB CEO and President Bryan Holt said, but the crowd is bigger than the fireworks.

Additionally, there will be inflatable jump houses for kids, a photo station for selfies, and food and drink purchases from local vendors/organizations.

Additional food and beverage offerings are:

Mimi’s Food Truck (turkey legs and funnel cakes)

Lora Ripper (popcorn)

Uniontown High School Cheerleaders (bake sale)

First Missionary Baptist Church raising money for kids going to summer camp (pop/drinks)

Uniontown School Children and Parents Raising Funds for Washington Workshop Next Summer (Baking Sale)

“We’re always open to any organizations or vendors who want to set up shop in the park,” said Amy Holt, vice president of loan administration at the Uniontown branch. She hosts the event for the bank. “They can contact me at 620-756-4305 during business hours or by email at [email protected].”

A disc jockey will also entertain the crowd.

Since 2005, the bank has sponsored fireworks for the community on July 3, but since they fell on Sunday this year, CEO Bryan Holt decided he didn’t want employees to work on Sundays .

The bank employees plan the event and prepare and distribute the free hot dogs with fries and a bottle of water.

Plus, they didn’t want to conflict with Fort Scott’s Independence Day celebration on July 3, he said.

This event was originally a fundraiser to improve the Uniontown park, but now it’s “a way of saying thank you to our customers,” said Bryan Holt.

Uniontown has been the headquarters of the Union State Bank since 1901.

In 1992, the bank expanded its operations and opened a branch in Fort Scott. This year, they have expanded again to accommodate more employees and improve security. There will be a feature of this extension later this week on fortscott.biz.

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