COLUMBUS The Columbus of Commerce is gearing up for the annual Fourth of July celebration, which will take place at the Columbus City Park on the fourth.

"There will be events going on throughout the day," Chamber of Commerce President Jean Pritchett said. "The games will start at 6 p.m."

The festivities kick off bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning with a 5K run. The run starts at City Park, and runner registration begins at 6:15 a.m..

At 1 p.m. the City Pool will have a free swim, and games will be held at the pool throughout the day. The city games begin at 6 p.m. will the popular frog-hopping contest, sponsored by Mike Caprino Ford. The contest will be spilt into three ages groups: 5 and under, 6 - 12 and 13 and up. The turtle races will also begin at 6 p.m. and will be spilt into the same three age divisions. No snapping alligator turtles will be allowed and contestants are required to mark their turtle.

Crossland Construction's "Washer Tournament" will begin at 6 p.m. as well. All ages are welcome but only the first 40 entrants will be accepted.

At 6:30 p.m. the egg toss game will commence. Also sponsored by Crossland, the game is open to all ages. The obstacle course challenge will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and is open to all ages. The obstacle course is sponsored by Jay Hatfield Chevrolet.

Labette Bank is sponsoring the bottle fill races set to start at 8 p.m.. The race is open to all ages. At 8:30 p.m. the all-ages water balloon toss game, sponsored by Commerce Bank, will begin.

Team Threads is sponsoring a tug-of-war game at the volleyball pit at 9 p.m.. Participants must register in advance and will consist of a four person team, two men and two women. The game will be divided into two categories, 16 and under, and 17 and up.

The climatic fireworks display will begin between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., depending on the sun setting.

All the games are single elimination. Each game or contest will have a judge and all judge's decisions will be final.

The Lions Club will have their Fair Stand open, serving classic summer food throughout the day.

The Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to bring their lawn chairs and join the community in celebrating Independence Day.