Cape Girardeau, Jackson Independence Day events

Friday, July 3, 2009

Saturday is Independence Day, and celebrations are scheduled in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. Below is a list of community celebrations. For more area Independence Day events go to

July 4th celebration

The Jackson celebration includes a car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Art in the Park, food stands and pony rides beginning at 10 a.m., Dance Extensions will perform at 2 p.m., Saxy Jazz Transition will perform at the bandshell at 7 p.m. and the Jackson Municipal Band will perform at the bandshell at 8 p.m. Fireworks display will be at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Jackson City Park

When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Independence Day 5K Run/Walk

Celebrate the holiday with some physical activity and support Southeast Missouri Hospital's programs for cancer and children's health and wellness. Registration is $20 and is available at For more information, call 573-243-2211 or go to

Where: HealthPoint Fitness, Jackson

When: 7:30 a.m.

Arena Park Fourth of July celebration

The Arena building opens noon on Friday. A tribute ceremony for the area's Patriot Guard Riders will be held at 6:30 p.m. A truck pull will begin at 7 p.m.

A double elimination washer tournament begins the festivities at noon Saturday. Registration for the tournament will start at 11 a.m. Booths inside the Arena Building will also open at noon. A children's corner for watching cartoons and cooling off will be set up by the Optimist Club, with a big-screen television donated by Shivelbine's. The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arena Building. The demolition derby will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a special patriotic tribute. A fireworks show will conclude the event after dark.

Where: Arena Park

When: noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday

Fourth at the Fort -- Living History

The Turner Brigade (Civil War re-enactors) and participants from Civil War Roundtable of Cape Girardeau will re-enact Civil War camp life, rifle loading/firing, artilletry drill/firing, and ladies fashions. There will also be hands-on drill experiences for visitors.

Where: Fort D

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Historical flag display

The Sons of the American Revolution will be on hand and a special collection of 27 American flags, dating from June 14, 1777 through 2008, will be on display at the Red House Interpretive Center.

Where: Red House Interpretive Center

When: 1 to 5 p.m.

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