For many people, the Fourth of July invokes a wealth of memories ranging from family gatherings, chest-swelling patriotism, community spirit and fireworks.
Community spirit and fireworks are the two things that are the purpose of this release.  It has come to the attention of Patriots Bank that many local communities have actually cancelled their fireworks displays. The Fourth of July in Gardner would just not be the same without a fireworks display; therefore, employees at Patriots Bank are enlisting your help to make sure that the tradition continues.
As it has done in recent years, the city of Gardner has set aside seed money to put toward the purchase of the fireworks. Once again the city and Patriots Bank have been asked, along with the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce, to help collect funds to make sure there is enough money for the display. Last year many groups and individuals gave generous donations. Hopefully they can do so again, if this is the first time they have asked. All involved hope area businesses can join and help.
Please help keep the tradition alive.  Patriots Bank has set up an account titled Gardner Fourth of July Fund. Those interested can drop by a donation, mail it or even put it in the bank’s night deposit.
Together everyone can help Gardner maintain this custom of good, old-fashioned fun and continue to provide memories for future generations.
The Shawnee Concert Band will be playing prior to the presentation by the Colorguard, which is composed of members from American Legion Post 19 and VFW Post 11234.  The Colorguard will kick off at 9 p.m. at the high school.
In the event of inclement weather the festivities will be held on July 5.  Donations will also be accepted the night of the fourth at Gardner Edgerton High School.