The eighth annual Freedom Celebration is set to take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on the courthouse lawn. The event is hosted by Jackson County Drug Court, Family Wellness Court, Family Life Center and the entire recovery community.

Circuit Judge John Graham said the day will begin at the bandstand on the North Side of the Square by holding the weekly Drug Court session outside under the shade trees, like judges might have done 120 years ago. He said it is a great chance for people to see what Drug Court is all about, as well as how and why they do what they do.

The Freedom Celebration is free of charge and organized by the participants in Drug Court, Family Wellness Court and the addiction recovery community.  Participants gather donations and do everything from advertising to preparing the tables and decorations to serving the food to cleaning up afterwards.  Mark Boynton, a counselor at Family Life Center and a member of the Drug Court team, organizes and supervises everything. 

“It’s a great way for people in the recovery community to give back to the greater community,” said Graham. “This allows us to express our appreciation for what law enforcement, the court system, employers, and others involved in recovery from addiction have done to help our participants get clean and stay clean.”

There will be barbeque, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, sno-cones, balloons, watermelon, drinks, and just about everything needed for a real Fourth of July celebration.

Graham said, “Our Freedom Celebration has a double meaning:  It celebrates the blessing of liberty and freedom that all Americans enjoy, but it also celebrates our freedom from addiction and crime and new lives as law-abiding citizens of the community.” 

Everything is free of charge, and donations will be accepted.

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