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Falls City's annual Fourth of July fireworks display is always held a day early -- on July 3 -- at George Kitchen Memorial Park, also known as "Upper Park." This year's display, which begins at 9:45 p.m., caps a busy afternoon and evening of holiday festivities in the community. Donations to help pay for the fireworks display are still being accepted and can be made at the park Tuesday.
June 26, 2012
FALLS CITY -- With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, many communities are having to make adjustments to their Independence Day celebration schedules.
Not Falls City.
The community's tradition of celebrating the day before the Fourth will stay intact this year -- as will the popular fireworks display.
More fundraising was needed to support the display organized by the Falls City Fire Department each year. But thanks to strong community support, the July 3 night sky above Falls City will be lit with fireworks once again this year.
With a full schedule of events on tap, Falls City will be the place for those seeking a good old-fashioned Independence Day celebration -- all a day early.
Laura Britton, one of the event's organizers, said festival planners decided to hold everything on July 3 to stick with tradition.
Even with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, she expects to see many of the same families lining the streets to watch the short, but lively procession.
"I think Falls City is used to the fireworks being on (July 3) and with the parade being on the third, I don't think it will change too much," she said.
The parade will begin at Falls City High School and follow Main Street. It then heads to George Kitchen Memorial Park, also known as "Upper Park." Parade watchers can follow the parade to the park for more Independence Day activities beginning at 4 p.m., including food and craft vendors and games until the fireworks display begins at 9:45 p.m.
Highlights include the horseshoe tournament -- with prizes awaiting winners -- and the keg toss. The latter is just what you might imagine, Britton said -- taking an empty beer keg and throwing it as far as you can. She said there were a few surprising contestants last year.
"You should have seen some of the girls do it last year," she said. "Little skinny things, too, just stepping up and heaving it."
Vendors will close when the fireworks begin, except the Falls City Alliance booth, which will sell food, candy and glow sticks until the end of the fireworks show.
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JULY 3 FALLS CITY FESTIVITIES SCHEDULE
(All activities following the parade will take place in Falls City's Upper Park.)
* 3 p.m. -- Independence Day parade begins at Falls City High School and follows Main Street toward Upper Park.
* 4 p.m. -- Music begins in the park.
* 4:30 p.m. -- Horseshoe Tournament (people wanting to participate need to sign up by 4:15 p.m.) and three-legged race.
* 5 p.m. -- Egg toss.
* 5:30 -- Water balloon toss.
* 6 p.m. -- Sack race.
* 6:30 p.m. -- Haystack seek and find.
* 7 p.m. -- Keg toss.
* 9:45 p.m. -- Fireworks display.
Of note: Britton said the budget for the fireworks display still is tight. Additional donations are needed and can be made during the festival.