Exira 4th of July


July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fourth of July Celebrations that began last Saturday in Exira, and continued into early this week, culminate today with many more activities, including foot races in front of the elementary school, at 9-a.m., and the big, annual parade at Legion Park, starting at 10:30. The theme for this year’s parade is “Hometown Traditions.” Judy Bintner, with the Exira Community Club, says the Grand Marshall is a City Employee with many years of service to the community.” The honor goes to recently retired City Clerk Jean Peterson, and newly appointed City Clerk Jane Jessen.”

The route for this year’s parade is unchanged from last year. Bintner says it’s always a good idea to find a spot to enjoy the parade before it begins, and there are plenty of areas for you to stake out your viewing point. Following the parade there are lots of activities throughout the day, including entertainment in the City Park from one- until five-p.m. There’s also the Grand River Rodeo, which gets underway at Kickapoo Park, beginning at 2-p.m. They’ve had a rodeo before in Exira, but it’s the first time it’s been held on the 4th of July. 

Check out the complete list of activities on the KJAN.com website under the “Daily Diary” tab. The Grand Fireworks display the Exira Football Field, begins at 9:45-p.m.