BEND AREA — Independence Day will be celebrated in the Bend Area Tuesday, with events in both Mason and New Haven.
The morning will begin in New Haven with a Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m. Line-up will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Layne Street near the swimming pool. The parade will continue through to the end of town.
Following the parade, free swimming will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. at the New Haven Municipal Pool. Concessions will be sold, and coolers are not permitted inside.
Folks in the New Haven parade are invited to travel down the road to join entrants in the Mason holiday parade, which will begin at noon. Line-up will start at 11:30 a.m. on the block of Martin and Maple streets. People are asked to enter on Martin and exit on Maple.
The parade will travel to the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. The town will be hosting activities in the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
There will be children’s games held every hour, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m., including a sack race, watermelon eating contest, water balloon toss, and water relay. There will also be a bounce house, water slide, and a Euro-bungee. Music will be provided by Kip Grueser.
The town will be giving free hotdogs to all children, as well as water, juice and chips, while supplies last. Adults can purchase hotdogs for $1. Cornfeds will also be at the celebration, selling their smoked barbecue and other food items.
Door prizes will be given away every half-hour to both children and adults, with a larger prize given at the end of the day. Winners must be present to receive their prize.
Later that evening, the Town of Mason is once again co-sponsoring the fireworks display with the Village of Middleport. The show will begin at 10 p.m.
The Mason Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will also host an Ice Cream and Hotdog Social at the fire station from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Four flavors of homemade ice cream will be offered at $1 per scoop. Hotdogs, pie, cake, popcorn and drinks will also be sold. From noon to 1 p.m., and 2 to 3 p.m., there will be music by Chuck Blake and the Show-Nuff Band. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.