Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce has an old fashioned celebration planned for the Fourth of July this year.

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Director Jean Pritchett said she expects it to be a good time.

Pritchett said the chamber didn’t quite reach the goal of $10,000 for fireworks. She said they made it to over $9,000. Pritchett said they were only $25 short of the amount spent last year for fireworks.

She also said she expects a “pretty large” crowd to come out for the festivities. She said they will have games for all ages, which is normally a big draw, as well as food and beverages in the city park.

Pritchett said many families come to the park to picnic during the day and set up tents, as well as participate in different activities.

She also said many people come into Columbus just for the fireworks.

Pritchett said if people do not want to bring food to the park there will be places to buy food. She said the Lions Club will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs and fries, but will not be frying chicken tenders this year. Pritchett also said the American Legion will be serving beverages including pop, water and beer.

Pritchett said the Columbus Community Crusaders will be serving homemade ice cream to help raise funds for next year’s Independence Day celebration.

Pritchett said there are a few rules for the parks, the most important is no shooting fireworks of any kind in the city park, the legion park or the street in between. She said this also includes the wall. She said there will be law enforcement officers on hand who will confiscate any fireworks they see.

The activities include the frog hopping contest, horseshoe tournament, egg toss and the bubble gum blowing contest.

The games start around 4 p.m. and the fireworks will start at dark or around 9:30 p.m. at the Columbus City Park.

Independence Day Celebration Schedule

Noon - 5 p.m.    Free swim at city pool, games throughout the day

3:45 p.m.    Opening ceremonies

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.    Tattoos, sponsored by Miss Columbus candidates

4 p.m.    Frog hopping contest (5 and under, 6-12, 13 and up) sponsored by Froggy Farms

4 p.m.    Washer Tournament (all ages - limited to first 40 entrants)

4:45 p.m.    Turtle Races (5 and under, 6-12, 13 and up) Sponsored by Shamrock 4-H club.

5 p.m.    Horseshoe tournament (all ages - limited to first 40 entrants)

5 p.m.    Swim races, City Pool

5:15 p.m.    Treasure hunt (5 and under) volleyball pit

5:30 p.m.    Egg toss (all ages)

5:30 p.m    Sack races (5 and under, 6-10, 11-14)

5:45 p.m.    3-Legged races (5 and under, 6-10, 11-14)

6 p.m.    Baby crawling contest (12 months and under)

6 p.m.    Bottle fill race (all ages) sponsored by Stanley Bank

6:15 p.m.    Bubble gum blowing contest

6:30 p.m.    Water balloon toss (all ages)

7 p.m.     Tug of war, volleyball pit, must register

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.    Pit 42 Band, American Legion Band Stand

9:30 p.m.    (approximate time) Firework display