Greenbrier and Wooster both held July 4 celebrations last weekend enjoyed by babies, teens, middle generations and seniors who oohed and aahed over the booms and lights in the sky on both Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Wooster guests had to dodge the rain that opened the sky periodically all evening, but they still managed to have a good fish fry, enjoy lots of music and good conversation with all their friends and neighbors while they waited out the intermittent raindrops under the park pavilion.

Wooster had a more formal ceremony that started after their fish fry and lively bidding of their dessert auction. Three Quilts of Valor, made by women who worked on them for months at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier, were presented to Veterans.

Mayor Terry Don Robinson welcomed high school students from the Conway Jr. ROTC for the flag presentation that featured Wooster’s own Dillon Mahan, followed by prayer by Pastor Matt Pryor of Wooster First Baptist Church. Four pledges were recited by the mayor: the pledge to the United States flag, the pledge to the Christian flag, the pledge to the Arkansas flag and the pledge to the POW flag — all joined by different groups of people in attendance, followed by a moment of silence to honor Veterans, POWs and all military.

There were many politicians in attendance who had an opportunity to pass out literature and say a few words. The Faulkner County Emergency Squad did identification cards for children, and Sheriff’s deputies and the Wooster Fire Department were well represented. The fish fry was catered by Todd and Tammie Dawn Patton and Wood’s Catering.

Greenbrier’s First United Methodist Church celebration was very well attended on a sunny day. People came with their blankets and lawn chairs on the front lawn and lined up for ice cream after a potluck supper inside the church fellowship hall that was very well attended. Pastor Kevin Lyon gave a prayer of thanks.

A party atmosphere was further enjoyed with youth selling glow sticks and cold drinks for their fund raiser. GFUMC’s fireworks display has always been a good gathering place for people to see for blocks around while visiting with friends and neighbors.