TOWNSEND -- The Townsend Military Band will play a special Independence Day program at its Thursday evening, July 4, concert on the Townsend Common.

Patriotic tunes and songs from well-known American musicals will be featured in the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Townsend Rod and Gun Club will host the lawn party offering hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages with peppers and onions for sale along with hot pretzels, fried dough, cotton candy and popcorn.

A variety of home-baked cookies, breads and cakes, cold soda and bottled water may be purchased.

There will be numerous games set up to interest young people attending the concert. Find the character, lasso the animals, and the Nerf gun shoot games in addition to the fishing, soda bottle ring toss and bean bag toss games.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert by playing a fanfare, "America" and Pearson's "Minuteman" concert march. Highlights from "South Pacific" by Rodgers, the "Kentucky 1800 Songs" arranged by Grundman and Highlights from "Oklahoma" by Rodgers will be performed.

Music from the "Music Man" by Wilson, "Victory at Sea" by Rodgers, and "Echoes of the 1860's" arranged by Hunsberger will be included in the first portion of the concert. Prior to intermission, the band will play the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" arranged by Wilhousky and the "American Patrol" march by Maechem, as styled by Glenn Miller.

Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" march and Cohan's "God Bless America" will be performed before the Townsend Military Band concludes its concert at 9:30 p.m. by playing the "Star Spangled Banner" by Key.