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1897 Independence Day Celebration

9 am - 5 pm Tuesday, July 4th at Stuhr Museum
Firecracker 5K Begins at 7 am
German Language Church Service at 10 am
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for kids and free for Stuhr Museum members
For more information call (308) 385-5316

The 4th of July is the single biggest day on Stuhr Museum's calendar and for our 50th anniversary we're pulling out all the stops to create a day packed with activity for everyone!

From fun runs to airborne anvils, from historic speeches to messy pie eating contests and from live music to a flag-waving parade, Stuhr's 4th of July has activity galore and will get you home in time to fire up the barbecue. 

The day begins bright and early at 6:30 am with the first ever Firecracker Fun Run 5K and 10K. This run, sponsored by the Grand Island Sports Council, Dick's Sporting Goods and the Grand Island/Hall County CVB features a picturesque run through Railroad Town, Hall County Park and other locations. Participants receive a commemorative t-shirt and admission to all of the day's activities at Stuhr for a $35 registration fee ($45 the day of). For more information click here. The race begins at 7:00 am near the Farm Machinery Building.

At 10 am the Hall County Historical Society will host their German Language Church Service at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on Stuhr's grounds. From there, Railroad Town will be open and our blacksmith, Randy Dack, will be firing an anvil at noon which involves two anvils, some gunpowder and a great big boom. Don't miss it.

After lunch there will be a parade down Front Street in Railroad Town at 2 pm followed by a patriotic historic ceremony taken from historic documents, a pie eating contest for kids and adults, games on the green and more. In the Stuhr Building, celebrate Nebraska's 150th birthday by viewing the "Painting the Legacy of Nebraska" exhibit in the Stuhr Building, featuring one painting for each of Nebraska's 93 counties. 

The day's schedule of events includes:

6:30 am           Gates open for the Firecracker 5K
7:30 am           Firecracker 5K Begins
9:00 am           Gates open to the general public/Stuhr Building and "Painting the Legacy of Nebraska" opens
10:00 am         German Language Church Service by the Hall Co. Historical Society/Railroad Town opens
Noon               Anvil Firing in the field north of the Church
2:00 pm           Parade down Front Street in Railroad Town (the public is invited to take part)
2:30 pm           Silver Cornet Band Concert/ Patriotic Program
3:00 pm           Pie Eating Contest/Races on the Green

Admission to this day packed with fun is $10 for adults, $8 for kids and free for Stuhr Museum members. For more information call (308) 385-5316.