In an effort to beat the heat, or at least distract area residents from the tropical temperatures, Independence Main Street held its First Thursday event downtown on Thursday, July 5. The summer celebration took place from 5-8 p.m. along Pennsylvania Avenue and included the always popular Farmers' Market, the 2 B Smokin' BBQ food truck, and various street vendors including artists and at-home businesses looking to expand their customer base.

Several downtown retail stores kept the doors open late to capitalize on the increased foot traffic. Cantrell's Fine Jewelry partnered with the newly reopened Dairy Queen to give out DQ Ice Cream Cake to those in attendance. Brent Littleton, owner/operator of Dairy Queen, was happy to help out but couldn't stick around to see the enjoyment that his sweet treat delivered due to the fact that the remodeled restaurant was in the middle of a soft opening on Thursday.

Local rock/blues/funk group The Caddywhompus Band performed for the crowd, encouraging folks to always 'bring your dancing shoes' and to 'shake that thing'.

Amongst the Farmers' Market, the buzz was all about a gentleman with authentic fish tacos. "I didn't try any, but I heard they were amazing," Main Street Executive Director Tabatha Snodgrass said afterwards.

"Our vendor turnout was great," Snodgrass continued, "we still had around 100 people on hand." She explained that the second time around was not quite as busy as the first First Thursday last month, adding, "June was packed…maybe the weather kept some of the people at home this time." However, she expects the third time to be the charm, as they are preparing for the next event on Thursday, Aug. 2. Once again the festivities will last from 5-8 and Snodgrass is still working on procuring entertainment for next month's First Thursday.