194th Annual Pekin Fourth of July Festivities This 3rd and 4th

194th Annual Pekin Fourth of July Festivities This 3rd and 4th

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Wednesday, JULY 3, 2024

7:00 a.m. til 10:00 a.m. …………. Breakfast at the Pekin Park Shelter House by Main Street Meats

8:00 a.m – 10:00 am………….. Registration for 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the Basketball Court

10:00 a.m…………………………….. 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Starts (until the last game finishes)

at the Basketball Court

8:00 a.m. til 12:00 p.m. …………. Set up for Craft Vendors/Flea Market, Food Vendors, and Rides

Homeland Security and Health Department Inspections

5:00 p.m. til Fireworks ………….. Food Court Open

5:00 p.m. til Fireworks ………….. Craft Vendors/Flea Market Open

5:00 p.m. til Fireworks ………….. Bluegrass Rides Open , DJ Eric by the Stage

5:00 p.m. til 8:00 p.m. …………… Sign-ups for the Watermelon and Corn on the Cob Eating Contest at the Pekin Community Betterment Organization Booth

5:30 p.m. ………………………………. Dessert Auction Begins

Immediately after the Dessert Auction Recognition of the reigning Firecracker and Dynamite Winners

7:00 p.m. til 10:00 p.m. …………. Juice Box Heroes perform on the Pekin Park Stage

8:30 p.m. til 9:00 p.m. …………… Intermission for the Juice Box Heroes and Dessert Auction with Sam Hurst

10:00 p.m. …………………………….. Fireworks by Straight Shooters

Thursday, JULY 4, 2024

7:00 a.m. til 10:00 a.m. ………………… Breakfast at the Pekin Park Shelter House by Main Street Meats

8:00 a.m. …………………………………….. Parade line-up at Eastern High School

10:00 a.m. …………………………………… Parade-Tisha Coles, Coordinator with Family and Friends

Theme- 2024 – “Celebrate Days Gone By”

Grand Marshals – Steve Burnett and Gary Nale

12:30 pm. ……………………………………. Invocation by Dr. Jeremy Goen-Pekin Church of Christ Minister

Presentation of “Colors” and Pledge of Allegiance led by Dr. Jeremy Goen

Star Spangled Banner- Allison Hein

Reading of the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence – 2024 Eastern High School  Valedictorian- Glenn Gosnell

Back Home Again in Indiana – Allison Hein

Welcome Patrons – Taylor Humphrey-Arnold, Pekin Community Betterment Organization President

Grand Marshals Induction

11:00 a.m. til 5:30 p.m. ………………… Food Court Open

11:00 a.m. til 5:30 p.m. ………………… Craft Vendors/Flea Market Open

11:00 a.m. til 5:30 p.m. ………………… Bluegrass Rides Open, DJ Eric by the Stage

1:30 p.m. …………………………………….. Dollars for Scholars of Eastern High School on the Pekin Park Stage

2:30 p.m. …………………………………….. Prince and Princess Contest on the Pekin Park Stage

– Darlene Hall, Coordinator

Immediately following the Prince and Princess Contest- 2nd Annual Watermelon Eating Contest and

2nd Annual Corn on the Cob Eating Contest

4:00 p.m. …………………………………….. Queen Contest on the Pekin Park Stage  -Darlene Hall, Coordinator

5:00 p.m. …………………………………….. 2024 Queen Crowning Announcement

Immediately following – Gun Raffle drawing

Immediately following – Special Thanks and Closing by Taylor Humphrey-Arnold, President PCBO 2024