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Columbia planning old- fashioned Fourth of July

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Columbia planning old- fashioned Fourth of July

One of the parade entries in last year’s Columbia State Park celebration.

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POSTED June 10, 2014 10:38 p.m.

COLUMBIA — Columbia State Historic Park is the setting for Columbia’s Glorious Fourth of July Celebration—on Friday, July 4.

Columbia’s parade tradition began in 1852. If you’ve ever wanted to march in a parade, the Glorious Fourth Parade is the best.  It’s short, and shady, and fun.  Decorate yourself and your kids, your group, your pets (under 120 pounds), your bicycle, or your vehicle (vintage 1964 or older), and join the parade. You just might win a prize. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Fallon Theatre in Columbia, and the parade is at noon.

Come early for the best parking, and bring lawn chairs. The Independence Day festivities, sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, begin with a Flag Raising and Black Powder Rifle Salute by the Columbia Militia at 11 a.m.  Following the noon parade, enjoy a tri-tip BBQ, the Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band concert, dance in the street, and try your skill at the many contests popular in the early days of Columbia. Kids relish the greased pole climb and bucket brigade, and other old-fashioned contests for all ages include nail pounding, watermelon- and pie-eating, egg relay race and egg toss, cake walk, and a five-way tug-of-war. 

The parade and concert are free, and each contest will only set you back a buck. BBQ tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 for a meal of tri-tip barbecued beef, baked beans, green salad and a roll. Proceeds of the day benefit the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in their work to put on many free events in Columbia State Historic Park throughout the year. 

 For more information, call 209.536.1672 or go to visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.

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