Celebrate the Fourth in Slater

Ronna LawlessTri-County
Celebrate the Fourth in Slater

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Slater begins Saturday, offering a full-slate of food, fun and activities.

Organized by the Slater Community Club, Slater’s July Fourth festivities include traditional events, like the dunk tank and the parade, but they also include more modern activities, such as a video game truck and inflatables.

With three days full of food, music and fun, Slater offers something for everyone.

Inflatables and carnival games will be at Nelson Park on Sunday, noon-8 p.m., and Monday, noon-6 p.m. The video game truck will be by Nelson Park from 1-5 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday.

Wristbands can be purchased for access to inflatables and the video game truck. The wristbands are available for purchase now at local businesses and City Hall; the cost of $20 covers all play for both on Sunday and Monday. If purchased the day of the event, they are $15 per child per day, and tickets will be available 10 for $10.

Raffle tickets are on sale now as well — $1 each or 6 for $5.

The kiddie parade will be Sunday at 6 p.m., starting at 201 Main, going down Tama Street to Nelson Park.

Fireworks will be Sunday at 10 p.m. The rain date is Monday. The Baptist Church will provide complimentary popcorn and glow bracelets prior to the fireworks display.

Monday at 10 a.m., the parade will begin, with parade grand marshal Scott Keese, recently retired band director at Ballard High School.

Opening ceremonies will start Monday at noon on the Nelson Park Stage. There will be a presentation of colors, opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. Mayor Gary Halverson will give a welcome, followed by speaker Col. King.

Eating, drinking and shopping

Food and craft vendors at Nelson Park — Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Beer tent at Nelson Park — Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fun Activities

Bicycle poker run — Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Check in at the beer tent.

Sand volleyball at Grimm Park — Saturday, begins at noon, registration begins at 11 a.m.

Horseshoe tournament — Saturday, begins at noon, registration begins at 10 a.m. Amateurs only.

Chalk the street and Human Checkers — Saturday, noon-4 p.m. on Tama Street near Nelson Park.

Airbrush tattoos by Shawn Palek — Saturday, 1-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Dunk tank — Saturday, 1-5 p.m., proceeds to the Ballard Soccer Club; Sunday, 1-4 p.m., proceeds to Ballard Clay Bombers; Monday, 1-4 p.m., proceeds to Amy’s School of Dance.

Outdoor church services at Nelson Park — Sunday, 10 a.m.

Hoop dancing with Mary Boyvey — Sunday, 6:15 p.m. The cost is $5 per hoop to dance with her.

Climbing wall — Sunday after the parade, the Iowa National Guard recruiting group will have a climbing wall set up on Tama Street for people 14 or older.


DJ at the beer tent — Saturday, 6 p.m.- midnight

Dog show/contest — Sunday, 7 p.m.

Community Band and Chorus — Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

The Burnin’ Sensations — Sunday, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., at the beer tent

Slater’s Got Talent — Monday, 1-4 p.m., at the Nelson Park Stage

Hypnotist — Monday, 4 p.m., at the Nelson Park Stage

Queen crowning and raffle drawing — Monday, 6 p.m., at the Nelson Park Stage

The P.O.W. Band — Monday, 5-10 p.m., at the beer tent