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Celebrate The Fourth Of July

By Staff | Jun 28, 2016

Palo Alto County area resident have the opportunity to celebrate the nation’s independence for four days this coming weekend. West Bend will celebrate Friday and Saturday, Cylinder will celebrate Sunday and Emmetsburg will celebrate on Monday, the Fourth of July.

West Bend Celebration

An Alumni Tractor Ride, sponsored by Hawkeye FFA, starts the day Friday, July 1, in West Bend. Registration begins at 7 am. at West Bend Red Power, with the ride starting at 8 a.m. Fast forward to 5 p.m. when young tractor riders get into action at the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull on Main Street. Palo Alto County Cattlemen will set up their grills on Main Street, serving from 5 to 7 p.m.

Evening events kick off with a 5K Glow Run/Walk. Sign up at the West Bend Library at 9 p.m. and the run starts at 10 p.m.

While some will be running, others will be dancing. MoJo Productions will provide music for the Street Dance on Main Street from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday kicks off with the Holiday Parade. Parade units will start lining up at 9:30 a.m. the Parade begins at 11 a.m. Following the parade, food stands are open at the West Bend-Mallard School grounds.

Kids Inflatables and Bingo begin at 12:30 p.m. and the Hawkeye FFA Petting Zoo is open from 1 to 3 p.m.

Baggo Tournament starts at 1:30 p.m. in the baseball field parking lot. Members of the West Bend Fire Department will host Kids Water Fights at 2 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be yard games, a LEGO tent, and West Bend Ford’s Kids Corn Box. There is also free swimming at the West Bend pool.

A ceremony for disposal of unserviceable flags will be held at 4 p.m., conducted by member of Post 151 of the American Legion.

New this year is a Hot Dog Eating Contest, sponsored by Kampen Foods. The event starts at 4:30 p.m.

The Variety Show starts at 5 p.m. and the Pacesetters will perform at 6 p.m. The Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. and Mindy’s Miles Bike Give-Away is at 6:15 p.m.

The Jumbies, Caribbean Band, begins at 9 p.m. and fireworks will light up the sky at 10 p.m.

The weekend concludes with the Chamber Breakfast at the Community Center on Sunday, July 3.

Cylinder Celebration

Cylinder area residents will pack the park on Sunday, July 3. Games, food and music start at 6:30 p.m.

Kids games are always a favorite and always involve water balloons. Kids and not so young kids are invited to try their hand at the giant size sling shot, shooting – what else – water balloons.

Pulled pork sandwiches are on the menu, made by Bill Bramley from Beach Bums Barbecue, along with all the trimmings. New this year – snow cones.

Buck Hollow Band returns to Cylinder for the Fourth of July. They will play music throughout the evening.

Fireworks will be shot off at dusk.



Celebrate all day and all night on the Fourth of July in Emmetsburg, with Soper Park as the hub of activity.

Fun on the Fourth begins at 9 a.m. in Soper Park. Children’s games, hosted by members of VFW?Post #2295, are on the agenda. Join in tricycle races, water balloon toss and foot races. There is no charge to participate.

3-on-3 Basketball and Sand Volleyball tournaments begin at 10 a.m. in Soper Park.

The Emmetsburg Recreation Department is sponsoring the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for students in three age groups: 5th and 6th grade; 7th and 8th grade; and high school (9-12) for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

The 5th and 6th graders will be one division and the 7th and 8th graders will be one division, and there will also be a high school division. There will be a separate division for boys and girls.

There is no cost to participate in the tournament. Teams can register Monday, July 4, at the Soper Park basketball court at 10 a.m. The tournament begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sand Volleyball Tournament, sponsored by FUEL, begins at 10 a.m. at Soper Park. A maximum of eight teams will participate. Rosters must be submitted prior to the first game.

Registration forms and rules are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. There is a registration fee of $30.

FUEL is also sponsoring Bounce Houses for younger children. They are set up in Soper Park and will be open right after the VFW games. There is no charge for this event.

The VFW?Color Guard will present the colors at 1 p.m., followed by Mayor Myrna Heddinger’s Fourth of July Address. The final Municipal Band Concert of the season begins at 1:15 p.m. in Soper Park.

Families are encouraged to enjoy the afternoon in Soper Park. Fireworks will be shot off at 10 p.m. over beautiful Five Island Lake.

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Palo Alto County at all of these events this weekend.