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Palo Alto Fun on the Fourth of July

By Staff | Jun 30, 2015

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Fun on the Fourth

In Soper Park

Emmetsburg traditionally celebrates the Fourth of July in Soper Park, with family oriented activities.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with the VFW hosting children games in the park. The little ones participate in tricycle races and all ages take part the water balloon toss and foot races. Members of VFW Post #2295 provide refreshments for participants.

FUEL Emmetsburg is hosting events in the park, beginning at 10 a.m.

Registration forms for the Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 1121 Broadway, 712-852-2283. A maximum of eight teams will be accepted. Rosters must be submitted prior to the first game at 10 a.m.

Corn Hole Tournament also begins at 10 am. at Soper Park. Register just prior to the event at Soper Park.

Children can have fun in the Bouncy Houses from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The City Recreation Department is hosting a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the park, beginning at 10 a.m. Three age groups will be participating:?fifth and sixth grades; seventh and eighth grades; and high school.

The afternoon begins with members of VFW Post #2295 presenting a 21 Gun Salute at 1 p.m. in Soper Park. Mayor Myrna will give a Mayoral Address and the Emmetsburg Municipal Band will perform its final concert of the summer. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the afternoon in the shade at Soper Park.

Russ Lachney will perform in concert Saturday evening. FUEL?Emmetsburg is sponsoring the concert from 7 to 10 p.m. on the south shore of Five Island Lake.

Fireworks will be shot over Five Island Lake at dusk. The fireworks are sponsored by the City of Emmetsburg and donations from the public. Currently, donations are being accepted toward the cost of the fireworks.

Vendors are welcome at Soper Park throughout the day on Saturday. Electricity is available for those with that need. Contact Deb Hite at Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce to reserve a spot. Call Deb at 712-852-2283 or e-mail eburgcham ber@kemb.org

Fun on the Fourth Saturday’s festivities are organized by the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday Morning

Flight Breakfast

Sunday morning, July 5, planes will be buzzing over Emmetsburg as they fly in for the annual Emmetsburg Kiwanis Flight Breakfast at the Emmetsburg airport.

The breakfast is from 7 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., with Kiwanians serving pancakes, omelets, sausage and drink.

Pilots, use D.O.T. Freq. 122.800. Pilots eat free.


In Cylinder

Cylinder will celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday evening.

The Buck Hollow Band kicks things off with a performance in Cylinder Park at 7 p.m.

There will be games for the kids and free watermelon as long as it lasts, and popcorn, too.

Hot dogs, chips and a drink are available for a free-will donation. All festivities begin at 7 p.m.

The fireworks display will fill the air at dusk.

West Bend

Fourth of July

West Bend has a three-day celebration, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Events begin Friday, July 3, with tractors being a big part of the day. The Hawkeye FFA Alumni Tractor Ride begins at 8 a.m. Registration is at 7 a.m. at West Bend Red Power.

Pedal Tractor Pulls begin at 5 p.m. on Main Street West Bend.

Palo Alto County Cattlemen BBQ is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Main Street.

MOJO?Productions will provide music for the Street Dance on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, July 4, begin the day with a 5K?Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church.

Parade line up begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. Bring a lawn chair and sit along the parade route to enjoy this annual event.

Following the parade, food stands will be open on the West Bend-Mallard school grounds.

Carnival games for the kids are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the school grounds.

Fern Valley 4-Hers will have a Petting Zoo on the school grounds from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Inflatable rides, also on the school grounds, will be set up from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for all the kids.

Bingo will be called at the Robert Cast Memorial Shelterhouse on the school grounds from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

West Bend Volunteer Fire Department will host Water Fights, beginning at 2 p.m. Teams can sign up following the parade on the east side of the West Bend-Mallard School. Water fights for kids will follow the adult competition.

Liberty Games begin at 4 p.m. on the school grounds. Kids can try their skill with a variety of games.

The West Bend-Mallard, Gilmore City Bradgate Pacesetters will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday. The performance is on the west side of the school grounds.

Cow Pie Bingo will go on throughout the afternoon. Winners will be announced at 6:20 p.m.

The annual auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

Mindy’s Miles Bike Give-Away is at 8 p.m.

Fireworks will fill the sky at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy this annual display.

Day-long activities at the school grounds include West Bend Ford’s Kids’ Corn Box, a fun place to play, and free swimming at the West Bend swimming pool.

Sunday, July 5, the weekend winds down with the Chamber Breakfast Buffet. The buffet will be served from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Community Center.

West Bend Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual celebration.