Residents of Miami and the surrounding area will gather to perform a patriotic community concert at 5 p.m. July 1.

This is the fourth year the concert will be performed and the first time at First United Methodist Church, located at 200 B NW in Miami.

Approximately 50 people are expected to sing “Land of the Free” under the direction of Tanya Beard.

The hour-long program will include a salute to the armed forces, when members of each military branch will be acknowledged.

“We will also sing ‘Oklahoma' and tie it in to the centennial,” Beard said. “We change the program a little every year so there's something new all the time.”

The program will be the first public “airing” of the newly upgraded sound system at the First United Methodist Church.

“The installation of the newly upgraded sound system was completed just a few weeks ago,” Beard said. “With lots of microphones and a big sound board, it's been fun to work with. We will also put the new screen and projector to use with a patriotic video.”

The annual patriotic concert began at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Eighty people attended the first year and approximately 150 attended the second year.

Last year, the concert was held at Immanuel Baptist Church and more than 350 people attended.

“It was standing room only,” Beard said.

Participants include members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Bethany Christian Church, Immanuel Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church, all of Miami; Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grove, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairland and Messiah Lutheran Church in Vinita.

Meetings for this year's concert began in January and there have been several practices.

The final practice will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church.

“Although we've already been working on the program, new singing volunteers are welcome,” Beard said.

Carol Goforth will play the piano. Erin Smith and Oliver Stout, former members of the Miami High School band, will play “Taps” on the trumpet.

As in the past, a love offering will be taken.

The proceeds will be donated to the American Legion Post No. 147 for the Veterans' Assistance Fund or the Veterans' Funeral Detail.

There will not be a nursery.

The concert will be followed by a hot dog picnic.