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Fourth of July festivities to resume in Muscatine

Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Between the constraints of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic an extensive downtown roadwork, the Fourth of July has lacked some of the usual festivities residents look forward to. However, with the acute phase of the pandemic subsiding and road construction on Second Street complete, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry and its partners look forward to bringing back many of Muscatine’s most beloved Fourth of July traditions this summer.

For the first time since 2019, the Chamber will hold its signature parade down Iowa Avenue and Second Street, starting at 4 p.m. This year’s theme, “Blast from the Past,” challenges organizations and businesses creating floats to celebrate their favorite decade of American history in a patriotic way. Classic or customized cars can enter the parade as well, showing off their style for the whole city. The Chamber will name a best in show float, which will receive a $300 grand prize. They will also present a $50 #MakeitMuscatine gift card for the best in show vehicle. Mayor Brad Bark will debut a new honor, the Mayor’s Choice Award, which will go to the float with the most community spirit. This award recipient will also receive a $50 #MakeitMuscatine gift card.

Following the Parade, Keep Muscatine Beautiful will put on its second Almost Fireworks Fest, giving people of all ages and families a chance to enjoy great music performed live by Tim Stop, yard games and bounce houses for kids, a wide variety of food trucks, and a drinks tent downtown at Riverside Park before the fireworks display at dusk. Dena Ferreira, marketing and events coordinator for the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry found that last year, Almost Fireworks Fest proved a, “huge success, and people enjoyed having something to do before the fireworks.”

As Almost Fireworks Fest wraps up, people can take in additional music at the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra’s annual Fourth of July concert held at the Red Brick Building (Pearl City Station), as well as a presentation of colors from a local honor guard. A free event, listeners can appreciate a bend of fun and patriotic music ahead of the Chamber’s much anticipated fireworks display.

Each year, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry relies on donations to purchase the commercial grade fireworks they set off during their community show. An expensive undertaking, the Chamber estimates fireworks will cost at least $18,000 this year. If any business or private citizen would like to help fund this year’s display, they may mail or hand deliver a check to the Chamber’s office at 100 West Second Street.

Since time out of mind, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Fourth of July celebration has given Muscatine County residents the chance to celebrate both their community spirit and pride in their nation. Ferirera hopes many will make their way downtown for the event. She also anticipates taking part in the festivities herself. “I am looking forward to hanging out at Almost Fireworks Fest after the parade,” she shared.

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