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•The Firecracker Mile will be at 8 a.m. Wednesday on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

The event features open, novice and 14-and-under mile runs.

In other races, the Junior Jog (300 yards) is open to 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds and the Pee Wee Dash is for children 6 and younger.

The entry fee is $15.

Entry forms are available at the Sedalia Democrat at 700 S. Massachusetts Ave.

For more information, call Jeff  at 827-6809 in the evening or 826-5000, ext. 2 on weekdays.

•A parade will be held in downtown Sedalia at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Following the parade, a picnic, games like three-legged races, tug of war and a spoon contest, and entertainment will begin at Centennial Park.

•The Sedalia Blue Ribbon Committee, along with local business sponsors, will present free fireworks and entertainment on Wednesday at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and entertainment will start at 7 p.m. with Rumblestrip taking the stage. Band members include Roger McDowell, Kim Neidert, Neil Harms, Brent Harms and Ben Van Dyke.

Rumblestrip will perform until dusk when Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591 presents the American flag and State Fair Community College student Amollie Stoermer will sing the “Star Spangled Banner.” Fireworks will begin with the last note of the anthem.

New this year, the Sedalia School District Robotics Team will be on-hand with their T-shirt cannon. The public will have a chance to catch a shirt and some will have coupons from local restaurants hidden inside.


An impromptu parade will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The parade is open to anyone who wants to participate for free. The lineup will begin at 1:45 p.m. near the old schoolhouse.

For more information, visit arrowrock.org.


A parade is held each year beginning on Oakland Street and ending at Roleke Memorial Park with a homemade ice cream social. Bring your lawn chairs.

The North West Missouri State Fair organization sponsors the annual Fourth of July Celebration with a fireworks starting at dusk.  


The fifth annual Liberty Light Up Fireworks Show will be Tuesday at the Branson Landing. Chain Reaction, a tribute to Journey, will perform at 8 p.m. in front of the fountains at the landing. After the concert, a choreographed fireworks display will take place. For more information, visit bransonlanding.com.


The Civil War soldiers of Fort D, in Cape Girardeau, were very patriotic. On July 4, they celebrated by firing their rifles and cannon, eating a meal with friends and civilians,and flying their flags proudly. Fourth at the Fort will commemorate those activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, visit fortdhistoricsite.com.


The 60th annual Fire in the Sky event will be held Wednesday in the District this year in Columbia. Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. Flat Branch Park and Mizzou’s Peace Park will be the main locations for entertainment. The Ironweed Bluegrass Band and the Norm Ruebling Band will perform at the Peace Park stage and bands Lot 56 and Table for 5 will perform at the Flat Branch Park stage. Flat Branch will also be the site of children’s activities, including obstacle courses, pop-a-shot, games and 4th of July crafts.

After 9 p.m, a fireworks display will be shot from the top of the Sixth and Cherry parking garage, choreographed to music and simulcast on KBXR 102.3.

Fire in the Sky is free and concessions will be available. Citizens are reminded not to bring fireworks to the event. Free parking is available downtown and on the university campus.



The Family & MWR and Fort Leonard Wood will host its annual Independence Day Celebration beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Gammon Field on Iowa Ave. 

Activities will include various games, military vehicle displays, a horseshoe tournament, awatermelon eating/seed spitting contest, a car show and performances by the 399th Army Rock Band The Woodchucks and Trixie Delight.

The Salute to the Union will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the U.S. Army Soldier Show at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the show. Concessions will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Coolers, outside food and beverages and pets are not allowed. For more information, call 573 596-6913.


Jackson County’s Fourth of July Appreciation Celebration will be Wednesday at Longview Lake Beach, south of Kansas City. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include live music, food vendors and a fireworks display.


The annual Tom Sawyer Days will be Wednesday through Sunday.

Wednesday activities include a parade at 10 a.m., a back seat driver contest at 1:30 p.m., the Tom and Becky relay at 2:30 p.m., the Mighty “Miss” Raft Race at 3:30 p.m., a Rock and Roll Revival at 6 p.m. and fireworks on the riverfront at dusk.

On Thursday, mud volleyball will begin at 5 p.m.

On Friday, the local fence painting contest will start at 6 p.m. and the Pimpkatz will perform at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Hannibal Cannibal will start at 7 a.m., followed by a fun run at 9 a.m., the Tomboy Sawyer Contest at 10:30 a.m., tricycle races at 11 a.m., a frog jumping contest at 4:30 p.m., the state fence painting contest at 6 p.m. and a performance by Madd Hoss Jackson at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the horseshoe tournament will start at 11 a.m. and the national fence painting contest will continue at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit hannibaljaycees.org.


Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Fairground Park. Admission is free. Concessions will be available. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. For more information, visit higginsvillechamber.org.


Patriotic music and fireworks will be Wednesday at the Mormon Visitors Center, 937 W. Walnut St. Gates will open at 8 p.m. The Spirit of Independence Community Concert Band will perform at 8:15 p.m. and the fireworks display will begin at dark. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.


Gates for the 2012 Salute to America will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Jefferson City.

Tuesday activities will include a parade at 6 p.m., Little Mr. and Miss Independence Contest at 7 p.m. and the Street Corner Symphony at 8:30 p.m. Prison Ghost Tours will be at 9 p.m. Buy tickets online at MissouriPenTours.com. The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation will host the Tour d’Jefferson City Full Moon Ride at 2 a.m. at the Capitol.

On Wednesday, the Fischer Body Shop Motor Show Row will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the American Water Live Eagle Show at 3 and 5 p.m., the Johnny Cash Experience at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

For more information, visit salutetoamerica.org.


Riverfest will be from 1 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Berkley Riverfront Park. Entertainers will include the Outlaw Junkies, Making Movies, Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders, Travis Marvin, Dustin Lynch, the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America and the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble. Fireworks will begin at 10:05 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 at the gate or $8 if bought in advance online. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. For a schedule of events, visit kcriverfest.com.


The annual Lion’s Club fireworks celebration will be Tuesday at the Kearney Amphitheater. Switch will perform at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Children may play on free inflatable attractions and free watermelon will be served at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit kearneyamphitheater.com.


The following businesses will host firework displays: Tan-Tar-A, the Lodge of the Four Seasons and Captain Ron’s.

For more information, call 800-843-5253 or visit funlake.com.


The Liberty 4th Fest will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the beer garden will open at 5 p.m. and the Ernest James Zydeco Band will perform at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Square.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the car cruise will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Square.

The Liberty Summer Band will perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday at William Jewell College. Fireworks will begin about 9:45 p.m.

For more information, visit liberty4thfest.com.


The city’s fireworks show will begin at dusk Wednesday at Indian Foothills Park.


The Heritage and Freedom Fest will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today, 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex in O’Fallon.

Performing Tuesday will be Jamie O’Neal at 6:30 p.m. and David Nail at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 10:15 p.m.

Performing Wednesday will be Carolina Liar at 5:45 p.m. and Vertical Horizon at 8 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The kids’ area will be open from 5 to 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, visit heritageandfreedomfest.com.


Parkville will host a Fourth of July celebration from Wednesday through Saturday in downtown Parkville.

Wednesday activities include at parade at 10 a.m., a carnival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., a Parkville Symphonic Band performance at 7:30 p.m. at Park University Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

A carnival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For more information, visit parkvillemo.org/independenceday.html.


The Fourth of July Gala Celebration will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Rockaway Beach. A reading of the names of fallen soldiers from the war in Afghanistan will be read by the memorial garden at the lakefront park.

Games including a water slide, dunk tank and bounce house will begin at 3 p.m. The flag show will start at 6 p.m., followed by the Low-rider Hydraulic Super Show at 6:30 p.m. and the Brad Bennett Motorcycle Stunt Show at 7:45 p.m.

Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.


The Stars and Stripes parade will begin at 6 p.m. and run from the old fairgrounds to the Dent County Courthouse.

For more information, call 573-729-6900 or visit salemmo.com.


Shell Knob’s 37th annual Fire and Thunder Fireworks display will be at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The fireworks will be shot about one mile east of the Shell Knob bridge, at lake level and from a platform. Fire & Thunder is a water-specialty show, so best viewing of all the effects is by water. In the event of inclement weather, the display will be held on Thursday.

For more information, call 417-858-3300 or visit shellknob.com.


•The 21st annual Midtown Neighborhood Association’s Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The theme is “Celebrating Freedom.”

The celebration will include an Election Year Parade from Central High School. The parade begins at 10 a.m. to Washington Park. Once there, visitors can enjoy free ice cream and soda, courtesy of Hiland Dairy and Pepsi Cola Bottling.

Vocal Ambush and Norman Jackson’s Blues Band will perform. Sacred Heart and Central Christian churches are planning treats as well. Children of all ages can participate in the duck pond, wardrobe and three-legged races, clothespin drop, and bean bag toss, for which small prizes will be awarded.

For more information, visit midtown-springfield-mo.com.

•“Fireworks at the Field” will return to downtown Springfield on Wednesday. From 3 to 9 p.m., patrons will be able to ice skate and play on inflatables from Amberg Entertainment in the Mediacom Ice Park, create art and crafts at The Creamery Arts Center and enjoy the hands-on activities of the Discovery Center.

The Springfield Cardinals will host the Midland Rockhounds at 5:08 p.m. at Hammons Field and then Members Only will be the featured band after the game. The region’s largest fireworks show will begin at Hammons Field at 9:45 p.m. A “Fireworks at the Field” ticket will provide admission to all activities and include a general admission ticket to the baseball game. The admission price the day of the event will be $8 per person. Veterans and active military personnel with an ID can purchase tickets at the gate for $5. Children under 5 will get in free. City Utilities will offer free shuttles linking all the participating venues and the wide variety of paid and free parking options will be available in the Jordan Valley Park area. For more information, call 417-831-6200 or visit itsalldowntown.com.


The Friends of the Maclay Home will host its 30th annual ice cream social from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home at the corner of Howard Street and state Route B. Tours of the home will be given from noon to 2 p.m. and entertainment will be provided from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This historic home was built in 1858 and has 17 rooms of original furnishings. It was built as a girls seminary and served as the Union headquarters throughout the Civil War. Several members of the Maclay family served in the military during the Civil War and various artifacts from that time are on display.

Proceeds will help preserve the home.


The Freedom Fest 5K will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grover Park Baptist Church, 409 N. Mitchell St. The cost is $20.

The annual Freedom Spectacular will begin with the Red, White and Blue parade at 6 p.m. It will begin at the Nassif Aquatic Center and conclude at Grover Park Baptist Church.

Free hot dogs will be served and a bounce house and games will start at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The Warrensburg Community Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin at dark. Bring lawn chairs.


The celebration will kick off with a Daughters of the American Revolution Boy Scout flag-raising ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Windsor. The Lions Club will lead children’s games like frog and turtle racing, a sack race, an egg race, a soft egg toss, a water balloon toss and a softball toss from 9 a.m. to noon. Music will be provided all day.

At 3 p.m., the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta will begin at Farrington Park Lake. The objective is to construct a human-powered boat made of cardboard boxes and cardboard tubes that will hold a maximum of two people and float long enough to travel the race course for one lap. The event is open to all ages. Anyone younger than 18 must have a legal guardian’s consent and they must sign a waiver form.

Registration will be from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on the north side of Farrington Park. Teams should be prepared to launch at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per race.

Registration for the backseat driver contest will begin at 5 p.m. with the contest starting at 5:30 p.m. Bluestem will perform at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk with musical entertainment by Michael Mothersbaugh.

For more information, call 660-647-2318 or visit windsormo.org.

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