MANTI — Celebrations of the nation’s 243rd birthday take place Thursday, July 4, in Manti. It is a full day of activities including 5K runs, American Legion breakfast, bike ride, patriotic program with flag ceremony, kid’s fashion show, vendor and food booths, races, contests in the park, free swimming at the Aquatic Center, tennis, baseball games, a parade in the evening followed by entertainment and fireworks.
It all begins early in the morning from 6 — 7 a.m., with Ring Out for Freedom, everyone is welcome to come ring the bell in celebration, at the Manti American Legion Hall, 173 South Main.
While now up and ready for the day, register for the 5K and mile run, at 6:30 a.m., at Manti City Park, west pavilion, 165 North 300 West.
Come hungry for the American Legion breakfast from 7 -10 a.m., at the park’s east pavilion, or go for the 7 a.m., 5K run/walk and kids 1 mile run.
At 9 a.m., bike decorating will take place at the northeast corner of the park, followed by bike ride/race. A patriotic program and flag ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., and at the same time, participants can sign up for the children’s fashion show, which begins at 10:30 a.m., on the stage in the park.
The many activity and vendor booths will open in the park at 11 a.m., along with games and fun. First up will be the foot races, then at 11:30 am, the three-legged race.
A horseshoe tournament and potato sack race will be held at 12 noon, followed by the candy scramble at 12:30 p.m. The annual search for money in the hay will take place at 1 p.m.
Come prepared to either stay clean, or get egged during the egg toss at 1:30 p.m. and be sure to sign up for the watermelon bust and tug of war.
The greased pole contest takes place at 2 p.m., and the watermelon bust and tug of war begin at 3 p.m.
From 3-5 p.m., there will be free swimming at the Manti Aquatic Center, 64 West 500 North, complete with music and games.
Those interested in competing in the tennis tournament can sign up at 3:30 p.m., at Manti High School tennis courts, 100 West 500 North. The tournament will then begin at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., the annual Heritage Homerun Derby will take place at Manti High School Baseball Field, 100 West 500 North.
The Mammoth Parade begins at 7 p.m. Participants will need to line up at 6:30 p.m., at the Manti Sixth Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 295 South Main.
Entertainment will be presented at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at the Manti High School Stadium, 100 West 500 North.