By Molly Moser
Classic Independence Day traditions will be honored at this year’s Stars and Stripes Celebration, but organizers have left room for new traditions to develop among families, friends, and community members. The iconic summer event is scheduled to take place this Saturday, kicking off with the Farmer’s Market at 8:00 a.m. on the 400 block of River Park Drive, and ending in the timeless custom of fireworks over the Mississippi River.
Honoring our river town heritage: The Lockmaster’s Heritage House Museum, which is the last remaining lockmaster’s house in its original location along the Mississippi, will be open for visitors from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The Lock and Dam #10 observation deck, where boats and barges can be seen locking through, is open all day. Guttenberg’s DNR Fish Hatchery, located at 331 S. River Park Drive, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday for viewing of live river specimens.
Family fun in the park: Food, music, and games in the park begin at 3:00 p.m. Tasty treats will include cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn and kettle corn, smoothies, snow cones, fried cheese, and more. Children’s games will include barrel train rides, an inflatable obstacle course, a bungie run, a bounce house, face painting, fish pond, ring toss, and others.
Music by The After Party, featuring local D.J.s Alex Finch and Brandon Bries, will entertain event-goers all afternoon in the park. Nearby, a petting zoo full of furry, four-legged friends will be open from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m and following the parade.