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Independence Day Festivities Planned For Area Communities

Independence Day activities kick off Thursday evening in Waterville, as the community hosts a barbecue and fireworks.

Marysville has a full day planned Friday, with an old fashioned fourth. A mile and a half run/walk, 5k run/walk/bike, or 14 mile bike ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Blue River Rail Trail. Cost is $25 per person, $50 per family, advance registration and information at Marysville Health and Fitness. A coed kickball tournament begins at Lakeview Sports Complex at 10 a.m., entries accepted at the Chamber of Commerce. The city will showcase the new Aquatic Center with free swimming Friday afternoon, and fireworks in Marysville begin at 9:45 p.m. at Lakeview.

In Washington, a coed sand volleyball tournament begins at 9 a.m. at the City Park, Washington Knights of Columbus will host a youth fishing tournament 9-11 a.m. at the city dam, and free swimming will be offered at the city pool from 1-5 p.m. There will be no fireworks in Washington this year; former organizers were unable to find volunteers and funding.

Centralia will feature a Star Spangled Fourth with activities to include free swimming 1-6 p.m., fun in the park games and bingo beginning at 1 p.m., homemade ice cream, a pedal pull at 4 p.m., bbq pulled pork dinner, a parade begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks and a dance at dark. Faye and Gordon Weyer will serve as parade Grand Marshalls.  Lifelong Centralia residents, the couple has been active in community affairs.

Activities in Bern include veteran recognition; a pancake feed from 8-10 a.m., inflatables and games 6-9 p.m. along with a bbq, a talent show begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks and a band entertaining at dark.

Blue Rapids celebration Friday to include the annual duck race, bbq, and fireworks. Pick your duck at the State Bank of Blue Rapids, Blue Rapids Auto and Hardware, or Gator’s Hometown Foods.

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