The Morton community is inviting the public to come to its annual Independence Day celebration this Tuesday. A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the day.
Events begin at 8 a.m. with the 11th annual Morton Firecracker race. The four-mile run and two-mile fun run/walk starts at the Brent Koch Memorial Shelter in the Morton city park, with registration starting at 7 a.m. All ages are encouraged to participate in the run. Cost to participate is $25.
The day continues at 10 a.m. with the community parade.
Other activities and events during the July 4 celebration include:
• Softball games throughout the day
• An opportunity to visit the Renville County Museum from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
• A crafts, flea market and food area at the park open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
• A flag burning ceremony at noon at the Koch Memorial Shelter. (Bring your damaged, worn and weathered flags for disposal.)
• A bean bag tournament starting at 1 p.m. at Cousin’s Saloon. Registration for the tournament starts at 12 p.m.
• Bingo is being played at the Morton Senior Center starting at 1 p.m.
• Kiddie train rides are available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the bouncy house open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
• A veteran’s roundtable with music by Billy Underwood and a guest speaker is taking place at the Renville County Museum from 1-3 p.m.
• The Morton Fire Department pork chop supper is being served from 4-7 p.m.
• A kids’ pedal pull is starting at 7 p.m.
• A patriotic sing-along at the Renville County Museum in St. John’s Church is starting at 7 p.m.
The event culminates with the fireworks show starting at dusk. The public is reminded no fireworks are permitted on the park premises to ensure the safety of all who are in attendance.
Everyone is encouraged to celebrate July 4 in Morton this Tuesday.