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Fireworks will be available to view in several towns in the area over the July 4 weekend.
Messenger area communities show an independence of spirit when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July.
Harness races, a motorcycle rally and a country music concert complement the traditional parades and fireworks from across the area.
Among the highlights:
GOWRIE - The traditional Fourth of July parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Gowrie was not among the towns that canceled Fourth of July parades during World War II, so Saturday will be the 126th consecutive holiday parade for the community. Weather permitting, the parade usually draws between 10,000 and 15,000 spectators.
A new addition last year, a tractor ride to Dolliver Park by the Prairie Valley Southeast Webster Grand FFA, is back this year, and the annual car show continues to draw more entries. The Gowrie Fire Department water fights will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Laurel Park, just ahead of the 1:30 p.m. start for cow pie bingo on Elm Street.
HUMBOLDT - The horses and sulkies will make their annual Independence Day weekend return to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for harness racing at 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Humboldt holds its downtown parade at 7 p.m. Saturday as a prelude to its fireworks display. Also sandwiched in between the two is an artist's reception for Roger Feldhans, whose photography will be on display at the Humboldt Arts Center.
ALGONA - Thousands of bikers will rev their engines and head north of Algona for the 30th annual Freedom Rally, held at ABATE of Iowa's Freedom Park, 2507 160th Ave.
Gates open to the public at 8 a.m. Thursday, and activities are scheduled through Saturday. Admission is $40 for members and $65 for non-ABATE members; all active duty military personnel will be admitted at the member price. Saturday-only tickets are $35, and no one under 18 will be admitted to the park.
Events include the tattoo and beard contest, bike rodeo, fireworks and entertainment on the Main Stage and at the Beer Barn. Raffle proceeds will benefit ABATE rider education.
FORT DODGE celebrates on Saturday with the 5 F's on the 5th - the letters representing Fort Dodge, family, fireworks, freedom and festival.
Country artist Jason Brown will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Plaza at Fort Frenzy as a prelude to the fireworks show at dusk.
A round up of area events includes:?
Algona - Saturday: fireworks at dusk.
ABATE will holds its annual Freedom Rally at Iowa's Freedom Park, 2507 160th Ave., Algona, Thursday through Saturday. Gates open to the public at 8 a.m. Thursday. Cost is $65 for non-members, cash only. ATMs are at the main gate and vending area. Bike raffle tickets are $5 and benefit ABATE?rider education programs.
Bancroft - Friday: 10:30 a.m. parade; 10 p.m. fireworks.
Cylinder - Friday: fireworks at dusk.
Fort Dodge - A free concert by country artist Jason Brown will be held at The Plaza at Fort Frenzy from 7 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Gowrie - Thursday, the Prairie Valley/Southeast Webster Grand FFA?tractor ride will begin at Laurel Park at 9 a.m. A?carnival will operate in the city park in the evening, and a street dance will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Market Street.
Friday events include the Freedom 5K Run/Walk at 7:3 0a.m. at the football field and a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the city park.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The car show is from noon to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park, the carnival will be open all day, the Gowrie Fire Department water fights will be at 1 p.m. and cow pie bingo will start at 1:30 p.m. on Elm Street.
The Bill Riley Talent Show will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Nyght Hamilton Band Shell, the Historical Museum will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
Zion Lutheran Church will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Humboldt - Friday: Off the Beaten Path 5K Run and Family Stroll at 8 a.m. at the Humboldt Arts Center.
Harness races will be 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
The parade will be at 7 p.m. Friday, starting at Taft and First streets. Parade marshal will be Barb McDonough, former preschool teacher.
Fireworks will be approximately 10 p.m at the fairgrounds.
On Saturday, the Farmers Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, and the Cemetery Walk at Union Cemetery begins at 9:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
The fire department will hold water fights in the afternoon west of Taft School.
An artists reception for Roger Feldhans' photography show will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Humboldt Arts Center.
Lake Cornelia - Saturday: Pancake breakfast 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. LCIA members free (limit five per household ticket). Non-members and extra tickets are $5. Annual meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.
There will be contests and games starting at 1 p.m. near the quiet waters (frog jumping, egg toss, watermelon races and more). Boat parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. The theme this year is "Lake Cornelia: The Magical Kingdom" with a Disney movie theme. Steve Sebby will be the grand marshal. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Sunday: Dragon boat races-practice starting at 8 a.m. with races beginning at 1 p.m. Mojo Productions will be there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase by the Southwest Dock Association.
Lake View - Saturday: 5 p.m., Concert, King Of The Tramps.
Otho - Friday: Pancake breakfast at the fire station $5 for adults, children ages 3 and younger eat free; parade starts at 1 p.m. followed by water fights at the park between area fire departments; vendors will be in the park; games at the park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; softball tournament at the park 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Webster County Museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; fireworks at dusk.
Twin Lakes - Friday: Boat parade, line up at 5:30 p.m. in Muddy Bay, Featherstone park, parade at 6 p.m. around the lake; fireworks after dark. The rain date is July 6.
West Bend - Saturday: Fireworks at dusk.