This year’s Independence Day Celebration will hold several of the favorite activities that Muscatine natives have come to expect, in addition to the return of one incredibly popular event that debuted last year.

The United Way of Muscatine will host the Kids First Pancake Breakfast in the morning, beginning at 8 a.m.  Donations collected during the breakfast will be used to support the efforts of the Kids First Fund throughout the year. The fund is used to provide assistance to area children with everything from school supplies to coats.

The Musser Public Library will once again host the children’s parade. The family-friendly walk will begin at First National Bank and will follow Second Street to Iowa Avenue, where the parade will end at the Misser Public Library at the corner of Third Street and Iowa Avenue.

Back for the second year, the Muscatine Adult Soapbox Derby will take place along Third Street from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information on the Derby can be found in this edition of the Voice of Muscatine.

The Chamber Ambassador Network will be selling lunch in the parking lot of Central State Bank from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Down the street, the Missipi Brew will host their annual Red, White and Brew Fest. The event, traditionally held on Iowa Avenue, will be relocated to the back lot due to the Mississippi Drive construction. The fest will host live music throughout the day, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the evening.

The parade will follow the traditional route of Iowa Avenue to Second Street to Walnut to Fifth, where it will disperse. The 2017 theme is Old Fashioned 4th of July and the parade begins at 5:00 p.m.

Parade entries are being taken by the Chamber until June 27. There is no charge for non-profits or individuals who would like to participate, though there is a fee for businesses. The fee can be waived for businesses who choose to donate the money to the fireworks display.

The Chamber of Commerce will be working with the Muscatine Police Department to help keep the day fun and safe for all involved. Candy throwing from vehicles and floats will not be allowed; however, groups who would like to pass candy out by walking along the parade route are allowed to do so.

Those viewing the parade are asked to keep children back a safe distance from the vehicles.

Entrants in the parade will be judges on several categories. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show Overall, Best Vehicle, Best Float, Best Theme Representation, and Mayor’s Choice. The Mayor’s Choice will be chosen by Mayor Pro Tem Bob Bynum this year.

Same-day entries will not be allowed this year, and event organizers reserve the right to deny or reject entries.

Following the parade at 7:30 p.m. will be the Honor Guard and the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the First National Bank parking lot, before the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra begins playing at 8:00 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. this year as opposed to the previous year’s schedule of “dusk.”  Organizers say the change was made due to considerations of the 4th being a weekday and many people working in the morning.

The riverfront will be open for fireworks viewing. The entrance to Riverfront Park at Cedar Street will be open for residents who wish to park by the river. Additional parking will be available throughout downtown. The First National Bank parking lot will also be open for fireworks viewing.

The Iowa Avenue entrance to Riverfront Park will not be available due to construction.

For more information on the events of the day, to register for the parade, or to volunteer for the day, contact the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry at (563) 263-8895.