Peabody, county prepare for Fourth of July celebrations

One of the largest July 4 celebrations in Marion County is located in Peabody, and this year marks the 96th annual celebration.

“The Peabody celebration is coming up and there are lots of activities that will be happening,” said Linda Martinez and Rachel Gfeller, who compiled the July 4 celebration list.

The following events include:

• a dance featuring the Callahan Band beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Peabody American Legion. A cover charge of $5 will be needed and members and guests over age 21 are welcome.

• an alumni dance to karaoke is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday, July 3, also at the American Legion. A $5 entry fee is needed and everyone must be age 21 to attend.

• the annual parade starts at 5 p.m. on July 4 with registration between 4-5 p.m. at the front of Peabody High School on Sycamore Street.

• horse shoe tournament July 4. For more information, call Kristi Silvernale at 620-382-5884.

• a 5K walk/run begins at 7:30 a.m. July 4 in Peabody City Park.

• also at 7:30 a.m., July 4, is a flea market in Peabody City Park.

• carnival rides are all day July 4 at the Peabody City Park.

• a sand volleyball tournament begins at 8 a.m. across from Peabody City Park.

• the Peabody Township Library is having a basement book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Library officials encourage people to browse for a reading treasure in the comfort of air conditioning.

• a dog show is at 11 a.m. July 4 at Santa Fe Park.

• a free swim is also at 11 a.m. at the Peabody City Pool.

• all-day kids’ games featured July 4 at Peabody City Park.

• the cheer squad and adventure club is selling lemonade, cotton candy, and sno-cones at Peabody City Park after the parade.

• music at Peabody City Park begins at 6 p.m.

• the Fireworks Extravaganza begins at dusk.

Redneck in Ramona

Ramona is celebrating its annual “Redneck in Ramona” July 4 with activities throughout the day.

The following events include:

• Redneck run/walk at 8 a.m.

• country breakfast by donation from 8-10 a.m.

• the lawn art contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• noon activities include concessions open; Redneck yard Art and arts and crafts vendor area. Space needs to be reserved.

• James Weber Memorial Basketball tournament at 1 p.m.

• Lawnmower obstacle course at 4 p.m.

• parade registration begins at 5 p.m. with cash prizes awarded.

• the parade begins at 6 p.m. with an after parade kids’ pie eating and adult spam carving contest.

• live music with the Clearview Band at 7:30 p.m.

• a fireworks show at dusk.

Marion County

The fireworks schedule for the county is from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 27-30 and from 8 a.m. to midnight July 1-4.

County Clerk Tina Spencer said that fireworks may be discharged outside city limits, on personal property owner, inside Lakeshore Drive at the Marion County Park and Lake and not at the Marion Reservoir.

“Individual cities may have separate schedules,” she said.

City of Hillsboro

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

By city ordinance, fireworks can be discharged from 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. July 1-3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, July 4. The sale of fireworks will continue through July 5.

City of Marion

Marion City Code revisited consumer fireworks last fall, said Mayor Todd Heitschmidt. Discharging fireworks within the city limits from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. is permitted July 1-3. Fire­works can also be discharged two hours longer from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

In addition, fireworks are sold only on the dates and times fireworks are discharged.