COLUMBIA — The Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning announced a long weekend of events culminating in its main bicentennial celebration on Sunday, July 4.

Thursday, July 1

  • "We Always Swing" Jazz Series at Rose Music Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance. 

Friday, July 2

  • Beginning of Columbia's Bicentennial Celebration 
  • Red, White and Blues featuring the Danielle Nicole Band and the Fried Crawdaddies at Rose Music Hall. The free show starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents CoMo Bicentennial at First Baptist Church. The free show starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • The John William "Blind" Boone Bicentennial Concert featuring Reginald R. Robinson, John Reed-Torres and Dr. Jolie Rocke at the Second Missionary Baptist Church. The free show starts at 7:00 p.m. The tickets for after party cost $25. 

Saturday, July 3

  • Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run 1 or 4-mile run/walk beginning at the Boone County Courthouse. The course passes by 28 local symbols of First Amendment freedoms. The free event starts at 7 a.m.
  • Free guided tours of the African American Heritage Trail Tours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Free Historic Preservation Commission History Tour at 5:30 p.m.
  • Red, White and Groove featuring The Stone Sugar Shakedown and Catdaddy’s Funky Fuzz Bunker Band at Rose Music Hall. The doors open for the free show at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. 
  • The Missouri Symphony Society presents City That I Love at the Missouri Theater. The tickets cost $35 to $45 and show begins at 7 p.m. The concert features the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and follows Columbia's historical timeline with music from each era.

Sunday, July 4 

  • Come to Flat Branch Park and throughout The District and the North Village Arts District for a day of celebration for Columbia's Bicentennial from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • Food trucks 
    • Film screenings
    • History tours
    • District decorations
    • Musical performances
  • Red, White and Bluegrass featuring Old Salt Union and One Way Traffic at Rose Music Hall. The free show starts at 6 p.m.
  • Fire in the Sky, the state's largest fireworks display, begins at 9:15 p.m. The fireworks will be shot from American Legion Park, choreographed to music on KBXR. The park will be closed for viewing. 

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Editor's Note: KOMU 8 is a sponsor of Fire in the Sky.