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Citizens Bank invites Batesville area to ‘Celebrate America’ in Riverside Park July 4

Sonic joins as partner for 25th-anniversary event

Celebrate America, the annual Fourth of July celebration of our nation’s founding, will mark its 25th anniversary this summer.

Citizens Bank is inviting the public to join this special event with new presenting sponsor Sonic Drive-In on Monday, July 4, at Riverside Park in Batesville, according to a release from the bank today.

“We are looking forward to hosting one of the state’s largest Independence Day celebrations and our largest show ever,” said Micah Beard, Citizens Bank regional president. “It’s a community favorite that wouldn’t be possible without Sonic and our other committed sponsors.”

Pictured above (from left): Ricky Davis, owner of Sonic Drive-In of Batesville; Ashley Engles, community engagement officer, Citizens Bank; Micah Beard, regional president, Citizens Bank; and Jeffrey Freiert, city president – Batesville, Citizens Bank. / Image provided by Citizens Bank

(Scroll down to listen to an interview with Beard and Citizens Bank’s Ashley Engles from Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ’s Morning Scramble. )

Sponsors include Sonic Drive-In, White River Now, Batesville Daily Guard, Bad Boy Mowers, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, The City of Batesville, Beller Dental Clinic, Bishop Auto Clinic, FutureFuel Chemical Company, Flowers Baking Company, Lifeplus, Mark Martin Ford, Mark Martin Kia, Peco Foods, Inc., Precise Heating, Cooling, Electric, and Plumbing, Kenny Allen with State Farm Insurance, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Walmart, and White River Health System.

Beginning with an Independence Experience 5K from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., the event boasts a full day of food, fun, giveaways, and live music along the banks of the White River.

White River Now will be out at the park from 5 – 9 p.m. with host Chad Whiteaker. Guests can relax with live music featuring Garrett Dunkin at 5:30 p.m., Dixon Street at 6:30 p.m., and Cory Jackson at 7:40 p.m. As the night concludes, attendees will watch one of the largest fireworks shows in the state, beginning at 9:15 p.m.

“As the presenting sponsor for Celebrate America, we’re proud to give the community this family-friendly event,” said Ricky Davis, owner of Sonic Drive-In of Batesville. “We take pride in supporting businesses like Citizens Bank that do good for local individuals.”

Listen below to an interview with Beard and Engles from today’s Morning Scramble program with Wes Gwaltney on White River Now’s Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ.


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