Celebrations, fireworks displays planned for holiday

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship
The American Legion has put up a portion of the Avenue of Flags display for the July 4 holiday.

Fireworks displays will light up the night skies this week as Hamilton County celebrates the Fourth of July.

On Wednesday, July 3, Van Diest Supply Company will be again sponsoring the annual fireworks display beginning at approximately 10 p.m. at the Webster City High School.

There is no charge for the event and the public is asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the interior of the High School Track. Officials said all of the softball and baseball diamonds at the high school we be blocked off and persons will not be allowed to enter this area.

In addition to the fireworks, the Webster City High School Band will be playing patriotic music from 9 to 10 p.m.

The American Legion has put a portion of the Avenue of Flags on display at the Graceland Cemetery. Motorists driving along Ohio Street will see Old Glory waving in the breeze.

Williams 150th

The Lions Club of Williams knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July and this year all the stops are being pulled out for the community’s 150th sesquicentennial celebration.

Festivities begin on Wednesday, July 3 with the Kids Parade at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Following the parade, Iowa Falls State Bank will host a free meal in front of the bank.

The 68th annual Lions Club Fourth of July Parade will begin Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. with Al McCoy, “The Voice of the Phoenix Suns” serving as the parade grand marshall.

After the parade, activities will be held throughout town. At the community center, a vendor and craft fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured at the community center will be Logs4Heroes – chainsaw art for Wounded Warriors and the Meat Wagon of Jewell.

The Car, Tractor and Bike Show will be held on Main Street from noon – 3 p.m. A program about the ISU Land-Grant and Williams history will be presented at the Williams Public Library beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be carnival attractions, the community food stand, the Williams Area Development Cake Walk and WHH 4-H Club concessions.

Water Fights will be held at the fire station at 3 p.m. and from 3 – 9 p.m., Jason Will will perform on Main Street.

The Williams Little Princess Program will be held at the park gazebo at 1:30 p.m., followed by music by the Hoelscher family.

The Kids Pedal Pull will be held on the east end of the park at 2 p.m. and the 125th time capsule will be excavated near the flag pole at 4 p.m. MAC Life Church will sponsor inflatable rides and the Iowa National Guard climbing wall will be available for the adventurous.

The Williams American Legion Post 633 will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Main Street. After completing a successful fundraiser for a new roof last year, new displays have been added to the exhibit. Free ice water will be distributed to visitors and every veteran will receive a free token of appreciation. There is no admission charged.

Cash Drawings for ten $25 prizes, the $500 Grand prize and the Williams Sesquicentennial Quilt will be held at 4:30 p.m.

The widely acclaimed Williams Lions Club Fireworks will cap off a day of festivities at about 9:45 p.m. July 4.

Little Wall Lake

Friday, July 5 will bring the annual Little Wall Lake celebration at the park south of Jewell.

The activities begin at 4 p.m. when Sweet Treats Homemade Ice Cream will be set up in the beach parking lot. At dusk, the annual lighted boat parade will be held, followed by fireworks.