Organizers ready for another 4th of July festival

MARSHALL – There are a few suggested supplies for enjoying Friday’s Fourth of July celebration in Marshall. Bring a folding chair or blanket, bring some bug spray, but most importantly, organizers said, bring your family.

A variety of free activities for all ages are starting up Friday evening at Independence Park, with a fireworks show as the grand finale, said Doug Goodmund of Marshall Community Services. This marks the 24th year that MCS has partnered with the Marshall Hy-Vee and other community sponsors to offer the fireworks, Goodmund said. The Festival of Kites, with 500 free kites to be given away, and the Kiwanis Clubhouse kids’ activities are also back this year.

The festivities will start at 5 p.m., with the fireworks starting at about 10:15 p.m.

“It’s really a family celebration,” Goodmund said of the festivities. Flying a kite is something fun that people can have fun doing, “Whether you’re two or 92.”

There will also be food vendors available, music featuring a mix of favorite songs and patriotic music and free American flags that will be given out to adults, Goodmund said. (The flags are the kind that can be clipped onto a car or other surface, he said.) Live music will also be a featured part of the evening, as the Marshall City Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Marshall Area Kiwanis will also be on hand with fun things for kids and families to do. The Kiwanis Clubhouse will open up at 5:30 with face painting, a display of trucks and tractors, balloon animals and more.

“We wanted to have something for everyone to do,” said Marshall Area Kiwanis member Stephanie McKee. “It’s an opportunity for being with friends and family, or even extended family.”

Organizers are bringing back some popular attractions from last year, McKee said. There will be two bounce houses sponsored by Gracepoint Church, and the Lighter Side Clowns will be back as well.

Another returning attraction will be the fishing derby at 6 p.m. While the competition is just for kids, taking part is still a fun intergenerational activity for adults and younger children, McKee said.

“Last year, we had a lot of different ages fishing,” she said.

Participants should bring their own rods and bait, McKee said.

Independence Day/Festival of Kites activities at Independence Park

5 p.m. Food vendors open

5:30-7:30 p.m. Kiwanis Clubhouse opens, free kite giveaway begins. Activities include face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, public safety vehicles and farm equipment display

6-7 p.m. Kids’ fishing derby. Bring your own bait and rod.

7:15 p.m. Fishing derby winners announced – must be present to win!

7:30 p.m. Marshall City Band concert and free American flag giveaway

10:15 p.m. Fireworks