The 4th of July will be a three-day public holiday in 2022. There will be plenty to do in Belmond. This year’s theme is “Independence Day the Belmond Way”. Here is an overview of all the activities during the three days of vacation.
A home run derby will be sponsored by the BCBC on Saturday at the city ball diamonds. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and strikes at 9 a.m. There will be ten divisions according to age and sex. The youth registration fee is $5; adults are $10. Medals and prizes will be awarded. Contact Jake Smith for more information: 641-860-0027.
The Belmond Historical Museum on Main Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church will host a salad and sandwich lunch Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Center. Proceeds will go to the Lyric Theater and the Kanawha Library.
The Belmond Fire Department Pancake and Omelette Brunch will be held Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the fire station.
A community church service in City Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome; bring a lawn chair. Pastor David Boogerd of Belmond UCCC will be the speaker. A community choir will rehearse at 8:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. In the event of rain, the service will move to Trinity Lutheran.
The Belmond Historical Museum on Main Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A BCBC-sponsored kickball tournament will be held at the city’s ball diamonds on Sunday. Registration begins at noon, with play at 1 p.m. Registration fees are $50 per team. Roster size is unlimited, but mixed teams must have at least four women on defense and three in the infield. Prizes will be awarded. Contact Jake Smith for more information: 641-860-0027.
The Belmond Lions will host a rubber duck race on the waterslide after the pool closes at 5 p.m. Sunday. Buy a chance for any Lions member.
An expanded activity this year will be The Third on Main, taking place downtown. Main Street will be closed from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. A car and motorcycle show will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in ten categories. Call Nick Reighard at 641-530-4041 for more information.
The Kris Karr Band will play on Main Street Sunday night from 6-9 p.m. There will be three food trucks parked downtown. The Firecracker Classic 5K run/walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the east end of Main Street, followed by karaoke.
The grand parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. To register for the parade, call Mike Ewing at 444-3248. Registrations must line up in the school parking lot. The horses must wait on the city ball diamonds for the end of the parade. Fire trucks and large vehicles should line up eastbound on 7th Street NE. (See map for parade route.)
Dave and Karen DeKuiper will be the parade marshals. The DeKuipers will retire early next year after 15 years of ministry at the Immanuel Reformed Church. Dave was very active in the Belmond Ministerial Association and Karen was very active in the Jenison-Meacham Art Center.
The Belmond Historical Museum on Main Street will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed during the parade).
A pork chop supper will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. at the fire station — $10 per plate.
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. at Pool Park. The fee is $25 per team. The ages are 9-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18+. New BK coach Derek Varner is in charge.
The Luick Memorial Pool will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is chargeable.
Bingo (50¢ a card) and a Cake Walk by Community Service Women begin at 2 p.m. at Pool Park.
Play pickleball at 2 p.m. at the Pool Park. It is a free event. Bring your own equipment.
Snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs and a Mexican food truck will be available in the pool park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be inflatables for children and an inflatable ax throwing game. Wristbands are $5.
The Methodist Pie and Ice Cream Social takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the church.
Grandstand Show: The Kris Karr Band will play from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. There will be raffles for raffle prizes. The gate opens at the soccer field at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for everyone, with ages 2 and under free. The Boy Scouts will have a flag ceremony. A quartet will sing The Star Spangled Banner. Dance With Me Studio will operate the concession stand. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
Your donations help pay for the fireworks. Soft drink cans are collected from the True Value parking lot and donations are sought. Checks can be made out to the order of the Town of Belmond and sent or deposited at the town hall. (Please do not leave water bottles or glass bottles in the True Value parking lot. Only give out exchangeable metal cans.)
Raffle tickets are now on sale. They are available for $1 each or six for $5 at the Belmond Independent, local banks, Jaspersen Insurance, 4 G’s Fireworks and City Hall. Members of the Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets along the parade route.
Cuts for 2022 include: no children’s carnival or children’s parade; no volleyball tournament; no Bill Riley talent show.
The Théâtre Lyrique will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5.