Fourth of July Celebrated At Historic Fort Harrison

The historic Fort Harrison celebrated our country’s birthday in style, inviting neighbors and community members in for live music, food and a view of the City of Clearwater’s fireworks.

Online PR News – 07-July-2012 – Clearwater, FL – CLEARWATER, FL: The Church of Scientology, Flag, opened the doors of the historic Fort Harrison this 4th of July for a celebration with neighbors and members of the community. 80 guests assembled in the Crystal Ballroom for live music by the Flag Band, a special Golden Age Theater presentation, food by award-winning chefs and a share in Clearwater’s spectacular waterfront fireworks display.

“We are excited to be able to have the Fort Harrison open for events like this,” said Pat Harney, the Public Affairs Director for the Church. “This building has a long history of hospitality in this area and we like being able to continue the tradition.”

Since officially opening its doors on December 30th, 1926, the Fort Harrison has hosted charity events, fashion shows, concerts and banquets. During World War II, the Fort Harrison served as barracks for the 588th Army Airborne, who held open houses and performed plays for Clearwater residents. Jazz concerts in the 1970’s featuring Harry James, Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Duke Ellington laid the groundwork for what would become Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

The Church of Scientology now the owner of the property, has opened up the facility for non-profit groups and has been holding regular events for the local community. The 4th of July event was the latest such event.

“Since January of this year, more than 1,800 members of the Tampa Bay community have attended events at the Fort Harrison, this included a special Evening of Jazz featuring jazz legend Chick Corea and the 3rd Annual Spirit of African Amercians Awards, both held last month.”

The July 4th party was a casual yet elegant evening. In addition to traditional American Rock and Roll, the East Coast Golden Age Theater performed “When Gilhooley Was In Flower,” a classic Western fiction story by L. Ron Hubbard.

This dramatic reading starred Joanie Sigal, Colin Taufer, Melissa Ryan and Doyle Mills and was an action and romantic-filled western tale.

This was followed by fireworks and a performance by the Craic Show, a four-member band that performs Celtic and Gaelic-influenced music.

For more information about future events at the Fort Harrison, please call 727-467-6860.