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Fourth of July Festivities in Leighton and Sully

Fourth of July festivities in Marion County kick off this Friday night in Leighton. The local lions club is hosting a free will donation dinner at Town Hall from 5pm to 7pm. At 7:30pm, line your lawn chairs on Otley Street for the Fourth of July parade, and if you have interest in being in the parade, call Neva at 626-3564 by Thursday. At dusk fireworks will be set off to cap the festivities. On Thursday July 4th, the 18th annual Sully Freedom Fun Run/Walk will start with a one mile run/walk at 8am. At approximately 8:20 am the 5k run/walk will begin. Following the races and awards ceremony, runners are invited to take part in a freewill donation pancake breakfast hosted by the First Reformed Church youth group. Throughout the remainder of the day Independance Day activities will take place around Sully.

Sully Event Schedule for Thursday July 4:
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fly-In at Sully Airport, weather permitting.
7-9:30 a.m. Faithwalkers Breakfast at Sully Community Center. Menu includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, and juice.
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Photography Contest Display in Sully Community Center.
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sully First Reformed Church Silent Quilt Auction in council room at Sully Community Center, proceeds for the church’s new addition.
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Vote for Sully’s cutest baby at the display in front of the Hometown Press office on the east side of the Sully square, proceeds for central park revitalization.
8 a.m. Morning Coffee and Donuts sponsored by Sully Business Assn. and served by the Garden Thyme Club at the Deep Rock Station.
8-10 a.m. 18th Annual Fun Run, one-mile and 5K, starting and ending on the west side of the Sully square with proceeds for L-S Cross Country and Athletic Fund.
8:30-9:45 a.m. Registration for the Parade at Sully First Reformed Church. Kiddie Parade entries meet by the Deep Rock Station.
9-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Carnival Games and Inflatables in Sully Central Park sponsored by Inspirations Childcare and Preschool of Sully.
9-10 a.m. (tentative time) Martial Arts Demonstration around the gazebo area featuring jiu-jitsu and taekwondo demonstrations.
9:45 a.m. Flag Raising, southwest corner of the square.
10-11 a.m. Parade through downtown Sully with Grand Marshal, cars, tractors, floats, bikes and trikes, and more. Kiddie entries of bikes, trikes, etc. will join the parade from the Deep Rock Station when parade officials give them the signal. Parade route is from Sully First Reformed Church’s south parking lot at 807 3rd St., west on 3rd Street to the northeast corner of the square, south on the east side of the square, around the south and west sides of the square, to one block north of the square, and right (east) on 2nd Street three blocks to the church’s north parking lot.
11 a.m. EWI Nickel Scramble (three age groups of kids finding as many nickels as they can in timed event in the square).
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Coffee Cup Cafe will be open to serve meals.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free Van Kooten Barrel Train Rides.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Meal served by Sully Lions Club in tent located in central park, tent seating available. Proceeds designation unavailable at press time.
11 a.m. (immediately after the parade) Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament at Sully Ballpark, register up to six players for coed teams by July 1, call Angie Ver Ploeg, 594-3210.
Noon-dusk Softball Tournament at Sully Ballpark, contact Kevin Van Maanen, 641-780-3863 by July 2.
Noon Area Firefighters’ Waterfights, near fire station.
1 p.m. Kids’ Waterfights, ages 5-12.
1-3 p.m. Music in the Community Center, magician and more, contact Janise Gruver 641-990-2867 to perform at the program.
1 p.m. Garden and Antique Tractor Pulls, north of city public works building in the business park.
7-10 p.m. Van Wijk Winery music/deck party (winery open house all day 7 a.m.-5 p.m.).
9:30 p.m. or dark Fireworks Display launched in southeast part of Sully (rain date: July 5).