Looking for something to do this Independence Day, look no further than the Elsberry City Park as the Elsberry Old Glory Jubilee committee has organized a fun filled evening for all ages and as usual it will end with a dazzling firework display at dark.
Due to the flooded area east of the tracks the fireworks will be shot off behind the Elsberry Ball Park fields. All attendees will need to set up outside of the fenced in area.
This year’s activities will kick off at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies at the bandstand. The Elsberry Boy Scouts will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the playing of the National Anthem that will honor Veterans in attendance.
Plenty of food and craft vendors will be set up around the park for patrons to enjoy. The committee is also offering many free activities for the young and old at heart to enjoy.
There will be inflatables, a balloon artist and a bubble zone. At 6 p.m. a baby contest will begin for boys and girls up to the age of two years old. To make everything on an even playing level, those entered will only be allowed to wear a diaper. But the fun doesn’t end there, at 6:30 p.m. old fashion games will begin for all to participate in.
According to committee member, Lauren Holland, all these activities are free of charge are because of fundraising by the committee.
“We had a very successful golf tournament at the beginning of June so we are able to provide these fun activities,” said Holland.
Another question for the committee was the timing of the event. “Since many people have other things going on this day, we decided to have everything in the evening hours to dodge the hot afternoon weather, all the family cookouts and quality family time.”
In the past attendees have had the opportunity to watch a parade, but according to Holland, “it is so hard to get participants, except when it is an election year, so the committee has decided to forgo the parade this year.”
With any event of this magnitude volunteers are always needed, but especially with fundraising.
Holland explained that to continue offering activities for free more funding help is needed. Plans are already underway for next years event so if you have any questions and are willing to help contact Holland or any member of the committee.
Donations are always accepted for fireworks and those can be dropped off at Elsberry City Hall anytime.