Independence Day in Marysville will start with a hearty breakfast and end with a colorful fireworks show this year.
The American Legion Union Post 79 will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, July 4, at the post, 205 Park Ave. Cost is $6.
Children are invited to decorate their bicycles and bring them to a bike-decorating contest at 8:45 a.m.
The parade steps off from the Legion facility at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to participate must arrive at 8:30 a.m. The parade will travel along Fifth Street, Plum Street and Sixth Street and end at the Union County Courthouse, 215 W. Fifth St.
From there, the fun moves to the Union County Fairgrounds, 845 N. Main St., where the first Rockin' Ribs Fest kicks off at 11 a.m. The bash includes live music, food, vendors, children's activities, fireworks and a classic car, truck and motorcycle show. Admission and parking are free.
The car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with trophies awarded at the conclusion. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 registrants. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $5. The show is presented by Auto Inspection Services.
Those looking for musical entertainment can get their fill throughout the day, including songs in the pavilion provided by Marty and Doc of local radio station WQTT's morning show, as well as live performances by the Groove Duo at 2 p.m., Elvis impersonator Michael Rose at 5 p.m. and the Gas Pump Jockeys at 6:30 p.m.
The day wraps up with fireworks provided by the American Legion starting at dusk.
WQTT is hosting the event with the Union County Fair Board. The YMCA of Union County will provide children's activities. Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar is coordinating food concessions, which will include ribs, hot dogs and burgers. Agape Community Fellowship of Marysville will provide inflatables, kids' games and edible treats.
Other activities include pony rides, free popcorn and cotton candy, and a bike safety clinic at 4 p.m.
Agape Community Fellowship has hosted a Family Fun Day on July 4 for the last seven years, either on the front lawn of the old Marysville Middle School or Creekview Intermediate School. This year, organizers decided to join the fairgrounds fun after WQTT asked the church to participate.
"It sounded like it was a fairly good fit. Pastor Gene Miller asked our elder team what we thought, and it was a go," said Marie Nichols, executive assistant at Agape.
Nichols said bad weather caused the church to cancel the bounce houses last year, but it still served up hamburgers and hot dogs. By the end of the night, nearly 3,000 people had stopped by. She hopes many of them will join the church at the fairgrounds.
The church has participated in the July Fourth parade for the last eight years and will do so again this week.
"That's our primary way we use to get the last-minute word out for our event. We've got 1,200 fliers ready to go to pass out at the parade," Nichols said.