The first Sunday School picnic began on July 4, 1901 in Peter and Susie Cupery's woods near East Friesland. Memories of the past 4th of July picnics include homemade lemonade, listening to patriotic speeches, sending up a hot air balloon, buying a banana plucked off of the huge bunch at the canteen, enjoying ice cream, and all ages participating in games.
The 4th of July tradition has continued through the years. The 4th of July celebration eventually began to involve the community. The Sunday School Department started a food canteen that continues today. It is a time of homecoming for former members, a time to refresh memories, renew friendships, and celebrate the freedoms of America.
The 4th of July celebration continues today after 109 years of celebrating. The 4th of July is celebrated the entire day. We open the 4th of July festivities with a potluck meal at noon, Sunday School games, horseshoes, music (at least two bands), dinner and pie. The day ends with fireworks. This event is open to the public and draws large crowds each year.