Friday is Independence Day, the annual observance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and is considered the nation’s birthday.
If you want to celebrate in north Logan County, there will be several opportunities to engage in traditional activities such as eating grilled food and watching fireworks.
The celebrations begin Thursday at dark (around 9:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at Eagles Stadium on the Paris High School campus. That’s when the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce will stage its annual fireworks show. The chamber has purchased $2,500 worth of fireworks for the show that will last about 30 minutes. The fireworks will be set off by members of the Paris Volunteer Fire Department.
You can watch the show from your vehicle or from outside it because the football stadium will not be open. There is no charge to attend.
Here’s a rundown of scheduled events Friday:
• The Logan County Museum’s Independence Day Program: The Logan County Museum in Paris will conduct its annual Independence Day Program at the museum beginning at 11 a.m. Friday on the museum grounds at 202 North Vine Street, one block west of City Hall.
The event will feature singing, speeches and food. The keynote speaker this year is Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers. After the speeches and singing, hot dogs, with all the trimmings, watermelon and an American flag cake will be served, free of charge.
• July 4th in the Park at New Blaine: This all-day event will get underway at 6 a.m. with the 19th Mountain Dew Pancake Breakfast. At 7:30 a.m., a 5K run-walk will take place. You can contact Sarah Ick at the New Blaine Trading Post, 938-2223, for registration and information. From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. until closing, there will be train rides touring the park, carnival-type games, fire truck rides and bingo. At 4 p.m. the Baby and Tiny Divisions of the Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant will take place. At 5 p.m. the Little, Junior and Young Division of the 10th Annual Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant will take place. A skydiver will jump at 7 p.m. A concession stand will be open throughout the day serving pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, soda, ice cream and other items.
At dark (around 9:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) the fireworks show will be held. There will be $3,500 worth of fireworks set off, making it the most expensive fireworks display in the county. Organizers expect 2,000 to 3,000 people to attend.
The event is a fund raiser for the New Blaine Fire Department Auxiliary, the fire department and the park.
Paris Police Chief John O’Brien wants to remind residents that it is illegal for individuals to possess or shoot off fire works in Paris. He said police will be enforcing this ordinance.