Enjoy the music and celebrations, but remember as well

Friday, July 2, 2010

There's a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, but we'll bet it won't dampen the spirits of the Bison 2010 all class reunion, Fourth of July celebrations, Imperial Quasquicentennial or any of the other celebrations.

There will be no shortage of music, with Tre Sostre performing at the Lighthouse Marina 6 to 10 p.m. Friday night, as well as a free MNB Hot Summer Nights concert in Norris Park from 7 to 9 p.m. with Omaha band On the Fritz, featuring drummer Rick Premer, McCook High School class of 1993.

Music will be on tap at a dance and beer garden Saturday night "on the bricks" along with checking out some great cars.

What could be a better way to spend the Fourth of July than saluting those who have served our country with a Salute to America and Our Military and Veterans at 2 p.m. Sunday in Norris Park? Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and visors and be prepared to enjoy some patriotic music and other tributes.

Tres Sostre will make another appearance Sunday evening, from 8 to 10 p.m. warming up the crowd prior to the Optimist Club's big fireworks display at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.

Other highlights around McCook include the dedication of the Sen. Ben Nelson Sculpture at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and a special stamp cancellation from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the McCook Junior High School.

Of course, McCook isn't alone in revving up for a full-throttle weekend. Imperial is celebrating its 125th year of existence as well as Independence Day, Arapahoe is marking Prairie Pioneer Days, Indianola will have a big fireworks display Saturday night, Stratton on Sunday and Culbertson has a full slate of activities Sunday, including a 10K run, parade, car and tractor show, ice cream, duck race, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, sand volleyball, horseshoe tournament, free swimming, patriotic music and a fireworks display.

WHEW, is that enough for you?

If not, we're sure you can find plenty of other activities in your hometown or neighborhood.

So let's enjoy meeting old friends, be safe when we take in the activities, and take a few moments to pay tribute to all who have made these big celebrations possible.

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