4th of July Fun

9 years 11 months 3 weeks ago July 05, 2007 Jul 5, 2007 Thursday, July 05 2007 Thursday, July 05, 2007 8:50:32 AM CDT in News
I Love America Festival

Who: Sponsored by New Life Community Church

What: Patriotic event designed for children and families. The festival begins with a run/bike biathalon and "Little Tykes" bike race. The festival features music for kids focused on conservation, battle of the bands concert, then a keynote patriotic address followed by free hamburgers and hot dogs. There will also be bouncy houses, games and a petting zoo.

Where: Boone County Fairgrounds, Columbia, MO

When: 4:00 p.m. until dark

More: Admission to the battle of the bands is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Biathalon fee is $10.

Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom 1 or 4-mile Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast

Who: Organized by the Columbia stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

What: Run/walk, flag ceremony, pledge of allegiance, music, story of Parley P. Pratt, and pancake breakfast.

Where: Twin Lakes Park Pavilion, Columbia, MO

When: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

More: All ages welcome

Salute to America 2007: A Capital Celebration

What: Day-long festival to include activities, music, dancing, history, food, tours, and fireworks

Where: Downtown Jefferson City

When: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Concert: Dr. Zhivegas

Dusk: Mike Kehoe Fireworks Sky Concert and Simulcast

More: Event is free to the public.

45th Annual Ringing of the Bells Ceremony

Who: Sponsored by the GFWC Sorosis Club of Centralia

What: This event was initiated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, who asked for simultaneous bell ringing to celebrate the nation's freedom. The Centralia community is one of the few left that have celebrated this yearly without interruption. There will be a speech from Nate Monson titled "America: The Evolving Freedom".

Where: Centralia Square Park, Centralia, MO

When: 10:00 a.m.

More: The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and their own hand bells for the bell ringing ceremony. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall located at 229 S. Rollins.

The GFWC Sorosis Club of Centralia will also be collecting tattered, torn, and faded U.S. flags at the ceremony. The flags will be properly disposed of at a later date by Centralia Boy Scout Troop.

Kid's Fishing Contest

Who: Sponsored by The Slater Only Way Fishing Club

What: Fishing contest for children ages 13 and under

Where: Club Lake, on extreme E. Parker, Slater, MO

When: 10:00 a.m. to noon

More: Prizes will be given for biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish caught. Prizes and refreshments donated by area merchants.

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