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Columbia State Historic Park 4th of July

COLUMBIA Glorious 4th Of July Celebration July 4, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

12 p.m. Parade on Main Street
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Fallon Hotel

Participate in activities the 49ers enjoyed way back when, including a glorious parade up Main Street at noon. Folks in Columbia began the 4th of July parade tradition in 1852. After the parade, listen to the Band concert, dance in the street, and try your skill at the many contests popular in the early days of Columbia. The festivities will begin with a flag raising and firing of the cannon at 11 am. Sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. For more information,

Flag Raising and Black Powder Musket Salute by the Columbia Militia near the gazebo.
The Great Mother Lode Brass & Reed Band Concert 
Needle in the Haystack  in front of the Livery Stable.
Parade at Noon!  Procession Begins  in front of the Fallon Hotel. 
Watermelon Eating Contest on Main Street in front of the Columbia House.
Bucket brigade behind the Livery Stable.
Nail Pounding Contest at the BlackSmith Shop.
Greased Pole Contest  Between the Mercantile & Firehouse.
Egg Relay
Egg Toss  at State & Main Streets.
Cake Walk at the Fallon House Garden.
Five Way Tug-o-War behind the bank, across from Eagle Cottage.

Kids can try to climb the greased pole, hunting for a needle in the haystack, and participating in the bucket brigade and the cake walk. Other contests for kids of all ages include nail pounding, watermelon and pie eating, egg relay race and egg toss, and a five-way tug-of-war. The parade and concert are free, and entering the contests only costs a buck. Finally, to top off your day, a tri tip barbecue dinner will be served at 4 pm. fee charged. Come early for the best parking and bring lawn chairs.

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