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Morrison to mark Fourth on Labor Day
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Fireworks are usually associated with Independence Day, but this year fireworks will light up the sky in Morrison on Labor Day.
Morrison Ruritan has rescheduled its July 4 celebration for Labor Day, Sept. 2.
“This is the first time in history we have ever had to change the date,” said Morrison Ruritan president Mike Holland.
The celebration normally held on July 4 was rained out due to heavy rainfall on Independence Day. Ruritan members opted not to reschedule for Saturday, July 6, because rain was in the forecast for that day too. It turned out to be a wise decision because it rained continuously that day.
Holland said, “We were not able to do it on a weekend. We decided Labor Day is a day most everyone will be off and hopefully everything will go good. We are planning to do everything like we normally do.”
On Labor Day, festivities will center at or near the Morrison Ruritan building on West Maple Street in downtown Morrison. Along with fireworks, other traditional Fourth of July activities will take place.
Baby show registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the baby show and pageant will start at 2 p.m.
Bingo will begin at 4 p.m. inside the Ruritan building. Children’s outdoor games, including a sack race, three-legged race and egg toss, will take place starting at 4:30 p.m.
The always-popular cake walk will begin at 5:30 p.m.
A DJ will provide music throughout the day with live music featuring band MidDay Farm Report beginning at 6:30 p.m. MidDay Farm Report is made up of father and son multi-instrumentalists Tim and Griffin Winton, who provide lead vocals. Daniel Sheets plays upright bass and Chuck Haston plays drums and percussion.
The band was on this year’s schedule at Main Street Live. MidDay Farm Report has crafted a sound that’s all its own called “rural route rock ’n roll.”
Fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. or when it’s dark.
Concessions will be available and will include hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, Prater’s BBQ, fries, chips, drinks and soft serve ice cream.