MEIGS COUNTY — Independence Day festivities in Meigs County will begin this weekend and continue through July 4.
The Rutland Fire Department’s 4th of July events will be take place on Saturday, July 1.
The morning will begin with the parade at 11 a.m., with line up taking place at 10 a.m. Following the parade down Main Street, activities will move to Fireman’s Park located next to the Rutland Civic Center.
The Riverside Cloggers will perform from 1-2 p.m. Music with the Christian contemporary group Firebrand from 3-5 p.m. and the country western band Grey Wolfe will take place from 7-11 p.m.
Throughout the day there will be games for the kids, inflatables by Meigs Inflatables, food, vendors and Bingo. Interested vendors should call 740-416-4094 or 740-508-0688. No food vendors permitted.
Fireworks will conclude the evening at 11 p.m.
On July 4, Racine and Middleport will hold their 4th of July celebrations.
Racine’s parade will be held at 10 a.m., with line up at Southern Local Schools parking lot at 9:30 a.m. All area fire departments and organizations/individuals are welcome to attend and are asked to be in place before 10 a.m.
In addition, a chicken barbeque will take place at the fire station beginning at 11 a.m., with homemade ice cream also available.
The day will conclude, weather permitting, with the firemen’s fireworks show at 10 p.m. at Star Mill Park.
In Middleport, activities will begin at 4:15 p.m. with music by DJ Kip Grueser going until 7:45 p.m.
Parade line up will take place beside Dairy Queen and down First Street at 5:30 p.m., with the parade at 6 p.m. Henry Clatworthy, a World War II veteran, will be the Grand Marshal for the parade.
Following the parade, American Legion Feeney Bennett Post 128 will hold a flag raising ceremony.
Music be the group Remember Then will take place from 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
The evening will conclude with the fireworks display at 10 p.m.
The celebration and fireworks in Middleport are sponsored by the Middleport Community Association, Village of Mason and the donations of many local businesses and individuals.