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Independence Day in Branford

Hundreds turned out to celebrate the Branford River Reunion 4th of July Celebration, Saturday, July 3, 2021 -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Branford’s 4th of July River Reunion Festival at Hatch Memorial Park was a welcomed event for locals and visitors, held on Saturday, July 3, 2021. After the last significant rain ended around 2 p.m., hundreds lined the streets to watch the parade that began at 6 p.m.

After the parade, everyone congregated at Hatch Park to enjoy BBQ, lemonade, popcorn and other great carnival delights along with some shopping opportunities provided by various arts and crafts vendors. Visitors enjoyed live entertainment by Little Bit More Band and other local talent before the fireworks began at dark.

The Bedrock Derby race was especially popular, along with corn hole and other kids games.

Event coordinator Peggy Terry said, “I think the event went good. The parade was real good. And there was a good crowd.” She would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers and the fire department who handles the fireworks every year. They are also looking for volunteers. Anyone that would like to help out and volunteer for next year, please contact Peggy Terry 386-935-0021.
Look for more photos and info on their Facebook page at Branford Florida River Reunion.


The Branford Fire Department put on a great fireworks show for visitors at Hatch Park this year. -SVT Photos by Tami Stevenson

Even the playground at Hatch Park in Branford was packed during the 4th celebration, held Saturday, July 3.

Kids enjoying one of the many games at Hatch Park.

After the parade, Hatch Park filled up with hundreds joining the Independence Day celebration. 

Volunteer Firefighter Ashley Sutton drove the firetruck during the parade. She has been a volunteer firefighter for 10 years. Firefighter Todd Yates, of 21 years, rode with her.


Trentin Richards is holding the white pony while his sister and some friends are riding in the wagon for the parade. Wagon L-R, Front: Dalila Dumbleton, Kyle Rodriguez, Back: Logan Deasey and Raden Rodriguez.


BHS 2021-22 Contestant winners L-R: Ansleigh, Young, Jr. Miss, Halleigh-Ray Harris, Miss BHS and Little Miss BHS Ann Marie Goss.

Mallory Roberts, Young Miss.

Jackson Ward and Jaley Moseley are Homecoming King and Queen from Lafayette High.

Madilyn Rogers, Peoples Choice, will be two in August and is happy to be joining the parade.

L-R: Gracelynn-Ritchey Parr, Baby Miss 4th and Emalynn Ritchey who was a pageant contestant.

Avery Works Miss Preteen, USA. This is a national title. She competed against girls from Florida, Indiana, Colorado and Kansas and brought the title home to Florida.

FFA students from Branford High joined the parade.

Country Hew, Owner Derenda Timberlake with granddaughter, Myleigh Gardner, of Branford. Visit their website:

Little Bit More Band provided the live entertainment for the 4th celebration. L-R: Brie Stevenson on bass, Pat Harris on drums and Chuck Partin on guitar.