OHIO VALLEY — This weekend is the Fourth of July, a national holiday for the United States, a time to celebrate the former colonies’ independence from Great Britain.
Local festivities can look forward to a nice weekend, with daytime temperatures in the 70’s and nighttime temperatures in the mid-60’s, and at least for now, no sign of rain, according to meteorologists.
The first of three celebrations begin Saturday in Rutland, with a parade at 10 a.m. activities throughout the day, culminating with fireworks at 11 p.m.
The Village of Racine will celebrate the holiday on Monday with parade lineup at 9:30 a.m. at Southern High School, and step off at 10 a.m.
When the parade is over, many will gather at the Racine Firehouse for chicken barbecue and homemade ice cream at 11 a.m. Due to popular demand, the fire department will have 800 chicken halves, an increase from the previous amount of 500. The chicken and ice cream is a Racine tradition on Memorial Day and the Fourth, and as word has spread, the need to provide more has become apparent as many folks have come away empty handed.
Racine auxiliary volunteers have made 80 gallons of homemade ice cream , which they will offer by the pint. Flavors include chocolate, banana, cherry nut, strawberry, lemon, pineapple, orange pineapple, vanilla and peach.
Fireworks at the Racine Ball Fields will close the day’s celebrations at 10 p.m.
Also celebrating on the Fourth is Middleport village, with food, entertainment, family games, a market, parade and fireworks at Dave Diles Park in Middleport.
The celebration begins at 3 p.m. with games, followed by the parade lineup at 4:30 p.m. The parade begins at 5 p.m., entertainment from 6-9:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks can be seen from several locations on both the Ohio and West Virginia sides of the river.