FALLS CITY -- A small-town Independence Day celebration is set to kick off in Falls City this weekend on Saturday, July 3.
The city's traditional Fourth of July parade will take center stage on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
First-year volunteer parade organizer Toni Hirbeck said she has 30 entries signed up for the parade. Hirbeck decided to take over when the former coordinators couldn't continue to organize it.
"We were scared of not having it," she said. "I just couldn't see it not happening."
Hirbeck said while she took over the parade at the last minute, she wants to make sure parade watchers and participants have a good time. The parade will begin at Falls City High School. The parade will wind its way through town and end at Bridge and Parry streets.
The day before Independence Day will end with a bang as the Falls City Fire Department holds it annual fireworks display in Upper Falls Park.
The first fireworks will fill the sky at about dusk, around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, said Fire Chief Bob Young. The show should last about 35 minutes or so.