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Debi Fletcher sang the Star Spangled Banner

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM.

There’s no grand and elegant way to put it: Apalachicola busted a move at its third annual July 3 Independence Day celebration like nobody’s business.

The party on the day preceding the day 238 years ago when the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 revolutionaries, was by far bigger than and as good as ever, climaxing in an electrifying fireworks display that shimmered over the river.

Sponsored by Apalachicola Main Street, in partnership with the city, the event expanded the two previous years with an all-day affair that may have brought as many as 7,000 people downtown, according to law enforcement crowd estimates.

“From the hump of the bridge back to Eastpoint, both sides of the road were completely blocked,” said Main Street Chairman Jim Bachrach. “It was crazy, man.”

Beginning at noon, a whole afternoon earlier than typically the case, Riverfront Park was alive with food – firecracker shrimp, lo country boil, freedom fries and hotdogs. And to drink the crowd enjoyed the commercial variety as well as the new locally-brewed Oyster City beer.

“We got a great deal on their blonde and brown, and all the revenue went to Main Street,” said Bachrach. “The hit was the firecracker shrimp, that was awesome. We had rave reviews about that.”

Plus there was plenty of fun as the festivities got underway. Five bands took the stage, and Project Impact offered lots of children’s’ activities, face painting, games, “and beads and a lot of free kid stuff handed out,” said Bachrach

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