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Jackson July 4 activities run all day in City Park

Shades of Soul will perform a concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow as part of the July 4 activities in Jackson City Park. Submitted photo

Jackson City Park will be abuzz with activity tomorrow, July 4, as we celebrate our nation’s 248th birthday.

The day kicks off with a 5K walk/run starting at 7:04 a.m. in front of Mercy Fitness Center – HealthPoint Jackson, 414 W. Main St. (The start time was chosen to reflect the fourth day of the seventh month.)

Beginning at 8 a.m. and running until 2 p.m. will be a car show sponsored by the Cape Capaha Antique Car Club. Over 150 cars from Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and Arkansas are shown each year. Trophies are given out for first, second, and third place. This year, there will be a new Youth Division for those 21 and under with vehicles.

The mud volleyball tournament, a double-elimination co-ed contest with teams competing for cash prizes, begins at 8:30 a.m.
Stooges Restaurant beer garden will serve from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds go to help support the fireworks display. The enclosed beer garden area is the only area where beer can be purchased and consumed.

Food stands will also open at 9 a.m.

Hubble Creek will be filled with yellow rubber ducks for a race at 11 a.m. The Hubble Creek rubber duck races begin at the pedestrian bridge over Hubble Creek. Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 ducks to reach the finish line.

As the sun sinks toward the horizon, make your way tothe Nick Leist Memorial Band Shell to enjoy a live outdoor concert presented by Shades of Soul from 7 to 8 p.m. Immediately following Shades of soul, the Jackson Municipal Band will perform a variety of classic patriotic favorites and a mix of great oldies.

The climax of the day will be a 25-minute fireworks display over Rotary Lake. The fireworks display is presented by the City of Jackson.

After the fireworks display, motorists are urged to be patient when exiting the area. Police officers will be posted at all major intersections to aid in clearing the traffic.

Free parking is available at the corner of North Union Avenue and Parkview Street in the City Park.

Several areas in and around City Park will be closed to vehicular traffic, including Parkview Street between North High St. and North Union Avenue, as well as Cascade Drive between North Russell Avenue and North High Street (for bridge construction).

Additionally, many areas will be posted as “no parking” zones. Vehicles parked in such zones could be towed at the owner’s expense.

No dogs, glass containers or coolers are allowed in City Park during the event. Any person violating these ordinances will be asked to leave.

To conclude the long July 4 holiday weekend, a special free concert is planned for 7-9 p.m. Sunday eveneing at the Nick Leist Memorial Band Shell. Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and Jackson City Park Concert Series, the Styx tribute band Grand Allusion will perform.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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