4th of July activities set to return to Minburn in 2022

Minburn will kick off the city’s annual 4th of July festivities a day early with free skating and live music.

A voluntary donation meal will be served by the Friends of the Minburn Public Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 at Meek Park. The skate shed will be open and children can skate for free at the park’s outdoor rink. Robbie Michael will perform next from 7-9 p.m.

“Please come out the night before. It gets everyone in a good mood and ready to go,” said Minburn Community Betterment Group member Megan Cline.

Frisbees are thrown during the 4th of July Parade on Sunday July 4, 2021 in Minburn.

The festivities continue on Monday, July 4 with rolls at the Meek Park Food Sanctuary, followed by the parade at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Heartland Co-op. Cline said no registration is necessary and everyone is welcome to participate. A map of the parade route is available on the City of Minburn website.

Family games will be played in Rogers Park after the parade.

“It’s a tradition that has been going on in Minburn for many, many years and the fire department is putting that in place,” Cline said.

Games will be available for all age groups, from toddlers running a ball back and forth to their parents, to kids pushing tires and adults seeing how far they can kick their shoes or how fast they can drive a nail. Prizes will be awarded.

Children participate in a tire rolling race at Rogers Park on July 4, 2019.

The American Legion Auxiliary will serve lunch at the Meek Park Food Shelter. A bagging tournament will also begin at noon at Mudders. Food trucks will also be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meek Park.

Bingo will be played at 1 p.m. and Zoomy Critters will be available to roll from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the rink. A hot air balloon performer will be at Meek Park beginning at 2:30 p.m. and public skating will be available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Miss Chili Pepper Mini Horse Show will be at 4 p.m.

The evening meal will start at 5:30 p.m. at Meek Park Food Shelter, followed by the draw at 6 p.m. Cline said a number of companies have donated raffle items and more are being collected. Raffle tickets should be available at local businesses at the end of the week and will also go on sale July 3 and 4. A list of raffle prizes will be posted on the Town of Minburn’s website.

“All proceeds will go to the Minburn Fourth of July so we can carry on the traditions,” Cline said.

The American Legion Osborn Post 99 lead the 4th of July Parade on Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Minburn.

The Minburn American Legion Pie Auction will take place at 7 p.m. Pies can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 4 for inclusion in the evening auction. Proceeds will go to the Minburn American Legion and Cline said the legion then donates money to the city for the fireworks display.

The 4th of July festivities will end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Cline encourages local and area residents to come and experience all the activities on July 3 and 4.

“Minburn has a wonderful hometown, family tradition,” Cline said. “I know a lot of people come from all over Dallas County and you see friends and neighbors from neighboring towns that you might not see all the time. It’s so great to see the games as a family and everyone having fun in this great little town and having fun as a family.

For more information, visit the City of Minburn website, the Minburn Community Betterment Group Facebook page, the Minburn Iowa – Annual 4th of July Celebration Facebook group, or email minburncbg@gmail.com.

Evie Kilgore smiles after collecting candy during the 4th of July Parade on Sunday July 4, 2021 in Minburn.

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