Celebrating Independence Day

Sandy Hull

    Several area towns are planning festivities around the Fourth of July. The towns and their activities are listed below.


    Orion’s festivities begin with  a pork chop dinner and ice cream social sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Orion. The event will be held in the park. The Orion Community Band will perform.

    A lighted parade, sponsored by the Orion Fireworks Festival Committee, will  be held at dusk Thursday, July 3.

    The parade route is approximately six blocks long beginning at Orion High School traveling west down 11th Avenue to 8th Street, turning south of 12th Ave., ending at Orion High School.

    For safety reasons, no candy will be thrown from moving vehicles. Walkers will distribute candy.

    The aerial display will follow at the school.

    The rain date is set for July 4.


    Galva’s festivities will begin Saturday, June 28, and run through Sunday, July 6.

    Galva Athletic Boosters will host a golf outing at the Kewanee Dunes (formerly Midland Country Club) Saturday, June 28. For more information contact Mike Clucas at 932-9006 or Kris Landis at 853-7950.

    Two activities are scheduled for Thursday, July 3. A pork chop dinner and ice cream soc- ial will be held at Wiley Park from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church. In case of rain, the event will be held at the church.

    A beer garden and dance will be held next to City Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music will be provided by Eternity Road.

    Several activities are slated on Friday, July 4. Activities begin with a pancake breakfast at Wiley Park from 7 to 9 a.m.

    Registration for the 5K run/walk will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. The half-mile run around Wiley Park for students ten and younger will be held at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m.

    Participants may register their antique and classic tractors for a show from 8 to 10 a.m. The show will begin at 10 a.m. and remain open most of the day.

    Kids games are scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. Cow bingo is also scheduled. These two events will be sponsored by the Galva FFA.

    The fourth annual art jam blacktop painting will be held at 9 a.m. on the basketball courts at the park. Paint will be provided for a small charge.

    Food vendors and crafters will be on hand at the park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    A softball tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and a photo show at the Galva Arts Council Building in downtown Galva will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception and awards is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

    From 10 a.m. to noon, the parade will begin lining up, with the parade starting at noon.

    Gunny sack races are set for 10 a.m. at Wiley Park. The races are for children six to ten years old.

    The Galva-Bishop Hill Emergency Medical Service will be selling barbecue pork sandwiches at the park beginning at 11 a.m.

    A penny scramble for toddlers to eight-years-old will begin at 11 a.m. at the park.

    A three-legged race will begin at 1 p.m. for children six to 10 years old.

    A teen band, Motorbiscuit, will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. at the park.

    A kiddie tractor pull is slated for 2 p.m. with registration to begin at 1:30 p.m. The pull is for children four to eight years old.

    A water balloon toss is set to begin at 2 p.m. John Sloan and Tom Campbell will also perform at 2 p.m.

    The talent show will begin at 4 p.m. at the park. In case in rain, the event will be held in the Galva Elementary School gym.

    Downtime Productions will perform fun and professional music at the park from 6 to  9 p.m. and the fireworks will be displayed at dusk. After the fireworks, Galva Autovue will be showing Wall-E and Speed Races on one screen and Hancock and You Don’t Mess with Zohan on the other screen.

    A garden tractor pull will be held Saturday, July 5, beginning at 6 p.m. just south of the River Valley Co-op office on Route 34 East.

    Activities will conclude with a community church service Sunday, July 6, at the park. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon with a potluck. Pastor Miller of Trinity Baptist Church will be in charge of the service. In case of rain, the event will be held at the First Baptist Church.


    Geneseo will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. Area foundations and businesses - led by Hanford Insurance and its affiliation with Allied Insurance - are donating funds for the annual show.

    This year’s show will start at dusk on July 4 at Richmond Hill Park with a rain date of July 5, according to Geneseo alderman Ed Deener.

    In addition to Hanford Insurance, Deener said local donors to the show include: Springfield Armory, Armalite, Lohman Brothers, Mel Foster Co., Geneseo Communications Foundation, Farmers National Bank of Prophetstown, Turpin Motors, Geneseo Park District, Geneseo Fire Protection District, Geneseo Foundation, GIFT Foundation and the City of Geneseo.

    Nostalgia Pyrotechnics, Inc. of Osco will be the company in charge of Geneseo’s July 4 display.

Fourth of July Safety   

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that celebrating the Fourth of July should be fun and safe for the entire family. 

    Unfortunately, consumer fireworks are not only dangerous enough to spoil the fun, they are dangerous enough to take lives.    

    Residents can have a great time celebrating Independence Day if they remember to keep their eyes on safety.

    Residents can ensure their children’s safety by supervising their activities and their environment.

    Host a Fourth of July party, but follow safe practices.