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July 4th celebration in Hancock

“Ignite the Spirit of Freedom” is the theme of this year’s Hancock Fourth of July parade and celebration. The majority of events will take place on Friday, July 4 with a few things going on the night before.

On Thursday, July 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. the Little Miss Hancock program will take place at the school. There are six young girls in grades 3-5 vying for the title this year. Later that night there will be a live band at Buddies. The band ‘Electric Almighty’ will be performing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Buddies will have a sober cab available for rides that night.

Friday will dawn early for many. While the Hancock Firemen are stirring up the pancake batter, the 5K runners and walkers will be lining up at Page Lake. The Run/Walk will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. The Firemen Pancake Feed will begin at 7 a.m. and run until 9:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall. The Little League All-Star game will begin at 10 a.m. and be followed by a Home Run Derby. At 11 a.m. Community Development Bank will hold their annual coin dig by the school playground.

Over the noon hour you can picnic in the park by enjoying some of the food being served up by  the Horton 4-H and Buddies at the Water Tower Park. The Lions Club will be selling their always popular popcorn and other treats along the parade route. The Hancock Commercial Club will have an inflatible for kids to play on during this time and after the parade.

Line up for the Kiddie Parade will start at 12:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 1 p.m. This parade will start at the water tower and finish at the end of main street. This will be followed by the main parade set to begin at 1:30  p.m. starting at the school. If you have a parade entry please contact Justin Cronen at jcronen@comdevbank. com or 392-5109 or Joel Flaten at or 392-5278. The Lions would love to have even more participate in the parade.

After the parade there will be the annual tractor pull located across from Trico. There will also be a bean bag tournament and volleyball tournament at Buddies. Teams can sign-up there before or after the parade. A Blue Grass Jam session will be held at the Della Conroy Studio which will also be open for tours.

At dusk the Hancock Fire Department will be shooting off fireworks at the ball park. Good Times DJ will also be providing music at Buddies.

A final schedule of events will appear in the July 3 issue of the Hancock Record. If you have an event that will be taking place during the celebration, please contact the Hancock Record to have it included in the final schedule.