4th of July activities will get underway on Sunday will the annual Lions Club Parade. Forms are available at KVSH Radio with the theme “Unmask Your Freedom”. Line up at the trail head at 10:30 am, the parade will get underway at 11:00 am.
Immediately following the parade, head to Badger Field for the annual Let Freedom Ring bell ringing ceremony. More information on that program is below.
The Valentine City Park is the location for the Our Community of Christian Faith’s public gathering. Kevin and Heidi Chang, along with other performers, will be playing for the public’s enjoyment from 12:30 – 4:30 CT. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs grilled under the park shelter for a free will offering. This is a non-denominational event and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 402-376-2995.
The demolition derby will begin at 6 pm at the Cherry County Fairground. More information located on their website here: http://www.cherrycofairgrounds.com/demo-derby.html
The Valentine Lions Club will wrap up the evening with their annual fireworks display at about 10:00 pm CT.
In Cody, the potluck picnic in the park gets underway at 7 pm MT until 9 pm MT. The fireworks display sponsored by the Village of Cody, Buckles Service, Cody Oil, and public donations will begin around 9:30 pm MT at the football field. Everyone is welcome.
Let Freedom Ring Ceremony Details:
On Sunday July 4, members of the American Legion family will sponsor the national Let Freedom Ring ceremony by ringing bells in honor of The Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Audience participation is required.
The ceremony will be held at the football field adjacent to the Badger Bell. Little Miss Poppy Kayleigh Harms and Poppy Girl Ruby Shelbourn will lead the pledge. The first thirteen people to assemble will represent the original thirteen colonies and have the honor of ringing the Badger Bell to celebrate 245 years of independence.
We will read the Declaration of Independence aloud. We will ring the Valentine High School Badger Bell 13 times for the first 13 states. We will ring for all states represented in the audience. Families are invited to ring for all currently serving in the Armed Forces as we have done since 1999. We also invite everyone to “ring out” for Independence in memory of a Veteran from their family.
The program will commence at the football field immediately following the parade.
Folks are encouraged to wear hats and bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfort. Leo Brinda Post, Unit and Squadron 90 is hoping that Boys and Girls State Citizens, Boys Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts and Post 90 American Legion Baseball team will help out, and volunteer singers are always appreciated.
Everyone is welcome!