It’s Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
Muscatine's Independence Day Celebration will continue as planned today in downtown Muscatine. The parade starts at 5 at the corner of 4th and Iowa. The Presentation of Colors by the VFW, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence, will precede the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra concert at 8, all taking place in the parking lot directly behind First National Bank of Muscatine. The fireworks will begin at dusk. Major portions of Riverside Park as well as some roads and parking places will be blocked due to flooding. Stay tuned to this station for any updated information plus live broadcasts.
Tonight in Durant, there’s a Durant Lioness ice cream social at 7 at the high school football field. Tri-County Band plays at 7:30. Boy Scouts will furnish concessions, and there will be fireworks at dusk.
Earlier in the day, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band will perform on the lawn of the Hoover Presidential Museum, weather permitting, at 2. Before the music begins there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Bring your lawn chair.
The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest summer travel times of the year, and thousands of Iowans are expected to hit the roadways this year. The Iowa State Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up and obey the laws as they travel. The patrol will have extra officers patrolling Iowa’s roadways throughout this week and weekend, looking for seat belt violations, speeding violations and impaired and distracted drivers.
The Iowa DNR has some safe boating tips for the long holiday weekend:
• Alcohol and boating don’t mix.
• High water is affecting certain areas. The DNR is advising against boating on the Mississippi River from Clinton to the Missouri border until the water level drops several more feet.
• Make sure there is a current fire extinguisher and horn or whistle, a wearable life jacket for everyone and an approved throwable device onboard.
• File a float plan with a friend and....
• Wear your lifejacket.
An autopsy has been conducted in Iowa City. Now the shooting in Davenport on Monday is listed as a homicide. The victim was 30-year-old Zachary Thompson of Rock Island. Detectives are still interviewing witnesses and ask anyone with information to call the Davenport Police Department.
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, located at the Walcott interchange along I-80, will host a 100th birthday party for its rare 1913 Rambler truck at 2:30 on Friday, July 12th. The event will coincide with this year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree, being held July 11th through 13th. The public is welcome to attend the celebration.