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Where to Celebrate the 4th of July June 28, 2009

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Grandview, Morning Sun, Small Town Life.
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This year, as usual, Louisa County offers two competing 4th of July Celebrations.  In this post, I’ll compare the two celebrations so that you can decide where you’d like to spend your time.

The celebrations are hosted by Morning Sun and Grandview.  Both feature a parade and fireworks.  Both have many other activities planned as well.

It’s possible to watch both parades since Grandview’s parade begins at 11:00 am and Morning Sun’s parade starts at 3:00 pm; but, I wouldn’t recommend it, since many of the units will be the same.

The chief difference between the two parades is that Grandview’s parade does not permit advertising.  That makes  Morning Sun’s parade a bit longer.  Since Wapello’s band usually marches in Morning Sun’s parade and most of my kids have been in the band, that’s the one I attend.

When it’s time for fireworks, I usually reverse the choice and go to Grandview’s display.   Although you will see people parked along the shoulder of the highway, you’ll be able to see just as well from the L&M school parking lot.  Be safe. Park there.

Morning Sun supplements its parade and fireworks with lots of food.  A pancake breakfast,  dinner, and an ice cream social are all scheduled.

There are also all sorts of  contests: toy and lawn tractor pulls, 3-on-3 basketball, a quilt show, Bingo, horseshoes, a money hunt, flower show, and junior olympics.  You can see there are lots of things to do for people of all ages.

Grandview has a somewhat smaller list of activities, but the Firefighters are serving breakfast and the 4H will feed you lunch after the parade.  There will be a 5K Freedom run early in the morning (Registration is at 6:30 in the park.) and a memorial service at the helicopter at 9:30.  In addition, you’ll find a bunch of craft booths on the east side of the park and other activities I haven’t mentioned.

It’s plain that the two celebrations, while similar, have different personalities.  Pick the one you like best and enjoy it or shuttle between them like I do. Detailed schedules for both were printed in last week’s Wapello Republican.

If you are a Louisa County resident and would like to plug your favorite activity or your non-profit organization’s fundraiser, add your comment to this post.

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