EAST MOLINE -- The city will feature some special guests this year in its 61st annual Fourth of July parade.
Beverly, formerly of East Moline, graduated from United Township High School in 2012 and Black Hawk College in 2014.
Independence Day celebrations kick off July 3 in the Quarter on the riverfront with a children's carnival that will include a free bounce house, games, face painting and a balloon artist.
East Moline's own band, "Back in the Day," will perform. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
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Fireworks begin at dusk, July 3, and shuttle service will be offered from John Deere Harvester Works beginning at 6:30 p.m.
July 4 begins with the annual Firecracker Run at 7:30 a.m. The 5K and 10K walk/run begins at 733 15th Ave., and includes a kiddie run and hospital bed races. Concession stands and live bands will line the route.
The annual East Moline Fire Department pancake breakfast takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the American Legion, 829 16th Ave. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The city is still accepting parade entries for creative and entertaining floats or groups. This year's theme is "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave … Superheroes."
Call 309-752-1599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for permission to enter the parade.