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Old-fashioned 4th of July
Old-fashioned 4th of July

By SALINA POST

Get ready for a star-studded celebration as Abilene invites everyone to an old-fashioned Fourth of July Independence Day event at Eisenhower Park this Thursday.

The family-friendly festival is packed with activities and entertainment for all ages and promises a full day of fun, laughter and community spirit.

Early morning excitement

The day begins at 7:00 a.m. with tournament registration. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or just looking to have fun competing, there’s something for everyone. At 7:45 a.m., the patriotic spirit of Independence Day will be honored with a flag raising ceremony.

Morning activities

Tournaments begin at 8:00 a.m. Children ages 4-12 can participate in the Pedal Power Tractor Pull in the Show Barn. Sports fans can participate in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament ($20 per team), mud volleyball tournament ($30 per team), cornhole tournament ($10 per team) and pickleball tournament ($10 per team).

At 9:00 a.m., Baby Beauty registration ($5/child) begins at the bandshell, followed by the 4-on-4 sand volleyball tournament ($20 per team).

At 10:00 am, the baby beauty pageant and Color Me Crazy Face Painting will begin to entertain the little ones.

Morning happiness

At 11:30 a.m., miniature cars race around the track in an exciting competition at the Hot Wheel Races.

Afternoon Splash

Immerse yourself in the fun with pool activities at the Abilene Municipal Pool at noon, no advance reservation is required. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., visitors can cool off and enjoy a refreshing swim during free pool swim lessons.

Evening entertainment

The evening festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. with a performance by the City Band in the Bandshell. Relax and enjoy classic tunes and popular patriotic songs performed by talented local musicians.

The highlight of the day is a spectacular fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The fireworks are launched from the Rodeo Stadium Grounds and light up the night sky in a dazzling display of red, white and blue. For an even more immersive experience, listeners can listen to the music accompanying the fireworks on Pyrocast.

For more details, visit the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact the office directly.

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