Glorious 4th of July Celebration — Columbia
Ages: 0 and up
Cost: Free - Parade is FREE, $1 for contests | BBQ dinner extra
Parking: Yes - surrounding streets, expect congestion
A storybook 4th of July is possible: Pack up the family and head to Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration!
The festivities kick off at 11am with a flag raising and firing of the cannon by the Columbia Foot Dragoons, but get there early for the best parking and don't forget lawn chairs. While waiting for the parade to begin at noon, little ones can "find a needle in the haystack" — an event designed to keep them busy and happy!
If you want to be part of the parade and not just a bystander, this is the parade for you! Decorate your family, group, pets (under 120 pounds), bike, vehicle (vintage 1961 or older), or whatever, then register in front of the Fallon Theatre beginning at 10:30am, and get ready to march!
After the parade, the Great Mother Lode Brass & Reed Band plays while folks dance in the street. Old timey contests open up for play: greased pole climb, bucket brigade, nail pounding, watermelon and pie eating contests, egg relay and egg toss, and a five-way tug of war!
To top off your day, stay for a tri-tip BBQ dinner served at 4 p.m. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $6 for children under 10.
Reviewed on 07/05/2011
If an old time Independence Day celebration is what your family is after, you MUST go to Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration. Columbia State Historic Park is a step back in time any day of the year, but 4th of July history comes alive when you are celebrating with the likes of gold miners, Mark Twain and Davy Crockett.
We got to Columbia early to park, set up our lawn chairs and walk around the shops and museums prior...more