The week-and-a-half long celebration for the Fourth of July begins June 28 and continues until July 7.
The celebration is scheduled by the Marceline Fire Department with help from; Marceline Rotary Club, the Lions, VFW Post No. 1471 and the Marceline Chamber of Commerce.
The Marceline Fourth of July celebration begins June 28 at 7 p.m. with bingo, duck races, funnel cakes and turtle races. VFW Post No. 1471 will provide bingo, the Lions will provide turtle races and the Rotary Club will provide funnel cakes and duck races. The fun keeps going until 11 p.m. that night. The same listing of events will be offered each night starting June 28 and running until July 7.
June 29 the Tiger Booster Auction will begin at 7 p.m. in Ripley Park. Marceline High School male athletes will be auctioned off to benefit athletic activities and equipment.
June 30 live music will be performed by Rock-N-Roll Revival in Ripley Park starting at 7 p.m.
July 1 a baby show will be held in Ripley Park at 5 p.m. Following the show, there will be DJ music sponsored by the Lions.
July 2 is Gospel Night in Ripley Park at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by area churches. All are welcome to sing gospel music in Ripley Park.
July 3 Keota Acoustic Band will have live music in Ripley Park starting at 7 p.m.
July 4 the Marceline Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Fourth of July parade. This year’s theme is, ‘Missouri History: Past and present.’ Entry forms can be picked up from the Marceline Carnegie Library or from Paula Wright Insurance. The parade will start at 5 p.m. Main Street USA and portions of Walker Street, Lake Street and Chestnut Street will be blocked during the parade.
July 5 through July 7 families can attend the carnival for games and rides. The carnival is being contributed by Toby’s Carnival.
According to Marceline firefighter Brian Chrisman, the celebration helps the firemen give back to the community.
“We use the events as our main fundraiser for the year,” Chrisman said. “We do charity work around Marceline throughout the year.”
Marceline Rotary Club president Salie Buck says their events enable to give back to the community.
“We’re here to help people in the community if ever something should happen,” Buck said. “We started a new program called ‘random acts of kindness,’ we help out community members who may need some help.”
“We make sure to keep everything local, to support local citizens and local businesses,” Buck said.
Armbands can be purchased from C&W Hardware in Marceline prior to the events for a discounted price. Advanced ride tickets can be purchased for $1, advanced armbands can be purchased for $15 and the mega pass armband can be purchased for $75 prior to June 28. The tickets and armbands can be purchased from C&W from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or purchased at the events for full price.
Chrisman says bring the whole family to the celebration.
“There will be fun and games for the whole family each day of the celebration,” Chrisman said.