County gearing up for July 4 celebrations

fireworksSeveral communities in Marion County are having Fourth of July celebrations, but others are opting to forego activities.

In either case, most communities have scheduled dates and times to buy and set off fireworks for the enjoyment of family and friends.

Hillsboro

Fireworks are being sold within the city limits, but Hillsboro officials are not planning any structured events for the holiday.

By city ordinance, fireworks can be discharged from 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. July 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday, July 4.

The sale of fireworks will continue through July 5.

Ramona

The annual Fourth of July event in Ramona starts at 7 a.m. with paintball, followed by a 10-kilometer and fun run at 7:30 p.m.

After the run, a country breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy with eggs will be served.

Other events include a basketball competition at 1 p.m., a medallion hunt and lawnmower races at 5 p.m., a parade down Main Street at 6 p.m.; contests and a kids? tractor pull at 7 p.m.; a dance with entertainment by the classic country and rock band Justus at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

A volleyball tournament, for those age 12-19, begins at 3 p.m. at the city park and is sponsored by the Ramona Youth Council.

The lawnmower obstacle course races feature cash prizes and face painting for children.

The Redneck Parade offers six categories: floats, antique cars/tractors, children age 12 and under, teenagers age 13 through 19, Redneck theme and judges? choice.

Contests including pie eating, nail driving, kids? tractor pull and Spam carving begin immediately after the parade.

Florence

Florence is not planning a city-wide Fourth of July celebration, but for families and friends who want to enjoy discharging fireworks together, Scott Zogelman of Florence said fireworks will be sold at half price Wednesday and Thursday, July 3 and 4 at 310 Main St.

Aulne

The United Methodist Church in Aulne is sponsoring a Community Independence Day Celebration starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7.

According to Dawn Hett, one of the coordinators, the event will include live music beginning at 7 p.m., an ice cream social at 8 p.m. and a fireworks display at dusk.

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. Drinks will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted.

Peabody

The 92nd annual Peabody Fourth Celebration continues Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 3 through 6.

On Wednesday, an alumni dance is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Peabody American Legion with music by Dlitzkrieg Muzik.

The majority of activities are on July 4, starting with a horseshoe tournament and flea market, both at 8 a.m. in Peabody City Park. A co-ed volleyball tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the entry fee at $25.

Other events and times include a car show at 11 a.m.; carnival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight; children?s games throughout the day; a dog show at 11 a.m.; parade at 5 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

The carnival continues Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. both nights and a dance featuring Jason Callahan at Peabody American Legion wraps up this year?s Fourth of July activities.

For more information, go to peabodyfourth.com.

Tampa

The Tampa community won?t have an organized Fourth of July event, but every first Sunday the town has its ?Party in the Park.?

Carla Hajek, of Tampa, said people come out and play basketball, volleyball and horseshoes.

?We had 60-plus people there with the ?young? adults playing the ?older? adults in volleyball.

?Party in the Park? is open to everyone in and around Tampa, she said.

Goessel

No community Fourth of July is slated in Goessel, but city officials did talk about dates, times and rules for discharging fireworks within city limits.

Continuing Wednesday, July 3, fireworks can be discharged between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Bottle rockets and other self-propelled fireworks devices consisting of a tube and attached guiding stick or rod and M80s cannot be discharged.

Marion

Marion is not planning a big celebration, but at its recent council meeting did talk about the sale and discharge of fireworks. Fireworks can be set off from 9 a.m. to midnight July 3 and 4. No fireworks will be discharged July 5.

Other towns

The cities of Burns, Lost Springs, Lincolnville and Lehigh have no community celebration plans, but residents will have private parties, family get-togethers and personal fireworks displays.

Marion County

The Marion County com?missioners have approved the sale and discharge of fireworks in rural areas of the county to continue from Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6.

Fireworks may be bought and discharged from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 3 and from 8 a.m. to midnight July 4, 5 and 6.

Fireworks may be discharged in Marion County outside city limits, on private property, at Marion County Lake, inside Lakeshore Drive, but not at the reservoir.

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