The Forest City Lions Club will host the annual Forest City 4th of July celebration free of charge to attendees.
Mayor Greg Book said the city located 30 miles north of St. Joseph is expecting around 2,000 people. The event will be on Sunday, June 30, at the Forest City Ballpark.
The day will start with a softball tournament at 8 a.m. and there will be a patriotic pet show at 10 a.m. at the bandstand. All pet breeds are welcome and ribbons will be presented to the winners.
Brook said registration for the baby show that will include those up to 5 years old will begin around noon. The show will start at 1 p.m.
A car, truck and motorcycle show will be held at 2 p.m. and will be sponsored by the Forest City Lions Club. There will be a $10 entry fee and trophies will be awarded. Last year, there were 45 entries.
Book said there will be a cake walk at the gazebo at 3 p.m. and there will be kids games that will include an egg toss, water balls, greasy pig and sack races.
There will also be live entertainment by the Phil Vandel Band at 7 p.m. at the gazebo and the fireworks display will be at dusk.
In addition, there will be a concession stand at the park that will be open all day.
“There is a lot of work that is put into this event each year and we really appreciate the community support,” Book said. “This is a family event that we offer before the actual holiday.”
For more information on the 4th of July celebration, contact the Forest City City Hall by phone at 660-446-2346.