By Joey May

Fireworks lit up the eastern sky Tuesday night in Hiawatha — thanks to the Hiawatha Fire Department and other city employees, who prepared the fireworks display and set them off at dusk.

Local communities are gearing up for Independence Day celebrations.

Here is a brief glimpse of what is going on locally in the county.

Hiawatha: In Hiawatha, the City of Hiawatha and the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau are teaming up with a couple of other groups to offer some Fourth of July fun and patriotism on Wednesday, July 3.

The Chamber will have a tent near the Skate Park from 7-9 p.m. to hand out free water to families, along with glow-in the dark bracelets to the first 500 kids. Bring your lawn chairs to sit and listen to the Hiawatha Community Jazz Band, which will start playing in that area at 7 p.m. Gilberta Bindel’s Mak’n Faces face painting booth will be there with the Chamber. Show your patriotism by honoring the Flags For Forgotten Soldiers, which will be set up in the valley to the south of the Skate Park leading toward the Kiddie Corral. The flags will be installed at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 and volunteers are welcome. The flags will stay up for 30 days. Contact the Chamber at hiawathachamber@rainbowtel.net.

The Brown County Historical Society is planning an Ice Cream Social for the big event, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Carwell Building at the Ag Museum. Come enjoy some ice cream and fellowship before the fireworks — which will start at dusk on Windmill Lane, set off by the Hiawatha Fire Department and sponsored by the City of Hiawatha and the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau.

Robinson: The festivities in this Brown County community are on Thursday, July 4 and begin with the Robinson Fire Department’s pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Community Center. Derby races — sponsored by Ag Partners — get underway at noon with registration at 10 a.m. on the hill near the Robinson United Methodist Church.

The downtown Fourth of July parade will be mid-afternoon, once the Nail Keg Derby races are complete, followed by the Robinson Lions Club’s Annual Ice Cream and Cake Social by the ball park at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will be at dusk.

Horton: Events in Horton kick off on the fourth with the annual Horton Fish & Game fishing Derby, with registration at 7 a.m. and fishing from 8-9 a.m. What follows is a sand volleyball tournament at Mission Lake at 9 a.m. — contact Loretta Fitzgerald at (785) 249-3143 or retavbds@gmail.com to register.

There will be food and games at Hickory Point on the lake, along with a 4th of July Boat Parade with lineup at 5:30 p.m. and the parade at 6 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.

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