FALLS CITY -- The Falls City community is throwing an old-fashioned bash for the Falls City Independence Day Celebration on July 3.
Festivities begin with the annual parade on Main Street Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. This Falls City tradition will follow Main Street from Falls City High School and end at George Kitchen Memorial Park (aka Upper Park).
After the parade, Mayor Amy Houghtaling will honor the most original and entertaining entries with the "Best in Show" trophy and first-, second- and third-place ribbons.
Upper Park will be the site for a full day of activities.
Vendors will be selling food, glow sticks, T-shirts, arts and crafts, "old time" photos, cotton candy and much more.
Live music will kick off the party beginning at 3 p.m.
And what old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration is complete without games?
The Independence Day Celebration aims to provide a fun diversion for everyone. A horseshoe tournament begins at 3:30 p.m. For those not inclined to toss horse footwear but who still like throwing things, there's a keg toss, and for those who dare risk getting wet, a balloon toss.
If racing is more your speed, join the potato sack race or the three-legged race.
Laura Britton, a celebration organizer, said the carnival in Upper Park is reviving a Falls City tradition that has been wavering in recent years. She said the city and organizers wanted to host a bigger carnival reminiscent of Falls City Independence Day's past to help revitalize community spirit.
"We wanted to enhance our community and bring people out to get to known each other on a better, more personal level," she said.
To go along with that, Falls City Screen Printing will be selling a line of "I love Falls City" T-shirts at the carnival as an unofficial theme for the celebration.
The festival and live music will continue until 9 p.m., followed by the grand finale fireworks show beginning at dusk.
The Falls City Fire Department handles the pyrotechnics each year and usually puts on a 35- to 45-minute show, said Fire Chief Bob Young. Fireworks will be set off from the ball field at Upper Park.
"The best (viewing) place to be is in the spectator area of the ball field," Young said.
That area fills up fast, so he recommends getting to town early, staking out a spot, and enjoying the festivities until the fireworks begin.
"There's about 1,500 to a couple thousand people out there," Young said. "It's usually pretty full. Every year it seems like there's more."
The fire department assumes the cost of the show -- which costs between $6,000 and $7,000 each year. Donations will be accepted, just look for people in Falls City Fire Department gear collecting donations that evening.
Falls City Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, July 3. The parade on Main Street starts at 1 p.m. The carnival and live music at Upper Park begins at 3 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. The annual fireworks show will begin in the Upper Park ball field at dusk.
The deadline to register a parade entry is Friday, July 1. Entry forms are available at City Hall, 299 Mill St., or on the city's website at www.fallscity.org.
City officials ask people parking cars on streets around Upper Park to park with their cars facing town, so when the display is over, people don't have to wait for cars to turn around.
For more information:
Laura Britton, 503-871-6527; Fall City City Hall, 503-787-3631; www.fallscity.org.