The Fourth of July is on the way, and folks have a variety of celebrations throughout the county from which to choose.
Here are most of the highlights. All events take place Wednesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.
3rd annual Founders Day Celebration, Long Creek City Park
Old-fashioned fun starts at noon, with activities such as a historical pageant and a burger barbecue, provided by the Long Creek Historical Association. The barbecue is free, but attendees are asked to bring a side dish.
Theme: This Land is Your Land
The fun gets a head start with a couple of events on Saturday, June 30. From 9 a.m.-noon that day, there will be a kids fishing derby at Prairie Springs Fish Farm, and live music by Kin and Pam Edwards from 7-9 p.m. in the Dayville Community Hall. Cookies and punch will be served at the family-friendly event. Admission is by donation to support the hall renovation fund.
On the Fourth:
10 a.m.: Horseshoe tournament, Dayville City Park, hosted by the Dayville Firefighters Association.
10:30 a.m.: Parade, with Jack and Niki Fisher as grand marshals.
12:30 p.m.: Old-fashioned games in City Park
1 p.m.: Duck races, City Park
2 p.m.: Civil War talk, Dayville Community Hall
4 p.m.: Golf tournament, South Fork Golf Course.
Early-risers can enjoy breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church. The Jakeburger stand will be open at 11:30 p.m., and a baked good auction will start at noon.
Theme: Let Freedom Ring
9:30 a.m.: Firecracker 5K run/walk. Starts and finishes in front of Prairie City City Hall.
Noon: Parade, with Mayor Tim Cooley as grand marshal.
2 p.m.: Horseshoe tournament, City Hall Park
3 p.m.: Tug-of-war, City Hall Park
4 p.m.: Cowpie Caper, Prairie City School football field
5-8 p.m.: Volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball tournament at city park.
Dusk: Fireworks show, Oxbow Ranch, Strawberry Road.
Several longtime Prairie City residents will be honored during the parade by riding in a stagecoach driven by Del Raymond, and sponsored by the Grant County Ranch and Rodeo Museum.
There will be plenty of opportunities to eat throughout the day, with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Teen Center; the Green Thumb Garden Club serving strawberry shortcake at 10 a.m., City Hall Park; American Legion Post 106 with burgers at 11 a.m. in the Legion hall; two meals at 12:30 p.m. an FFA tri-tip barbecue next to City Hall and tacos by the Prairie City Community Association in the PC Community Center; and a barbecue dinner in City Hall Park from 5-8 p.m.
9 a.m.: 3-on-3 basketball tournament
10 a.m.: Parade, with the Jubilee Court Jack Cavender, Darlene Forrest, Betty Richards, Donna Campbell and Tom Campbell honored as longtime Monument residents.
11 a.m.: River Rodeo
Noon: Horseshoe competition
1 p.m.: Childrens scavenger hunt and obstacle course
2 p.m.: Family games
3 p.m.: Talent show
4 p.m.: Live auction
6 p.m.: Music by local group Yarrow
8 p.m.: Bingo at the senior center
Dusk: Fireworks show, from the school lawn
Most activities will be in or near Monument City Park. There will also be a disco bounce house and a train for kids, as well as yard sales and craft booths throughout town. Papa Rods Burritos will also be in town for the day.