LEFT: Families enjoyed spending time together at Gardner’s Annual Independence Day Celebration at the Park. RIGHT: Area residents enjoyed Gardner’s annual Celebration at the Park Independence Day festivities Monday July 4 at Celebration Park. Pictured left to right: Nicole Tijerina, Avery Stecklein and Kinley Hall. Staff photos by Lynne Hermansen

LEFT: American Legion Post 19 and Johnson County Sheriff’s Department Officer lead the crowd with the Star Spangled Banner National Anthem at the Celebration in the Park Independence Day festival Monday, July 4. RIGHT: Big Time Grain Co. opened the musical acts at Gardner’s annual Celebration at the Park.