Celebrating Independence Day

Families enjoy food, kite flying and music

Photo by Sabrina Pankratz Marshall City Band Director Bob Meffert announces the songs to be played during Thursday’s Fourth of July concert at Independence Park.

MARSHALL — Adults and children ignored a weather forecast that called for chance of thunderstorms and enjoyed Fourth of July festivities at Independence Park Thursday.

Many families were relaxing, enjoying the bouncy houses, kite flying, food, the kid’s fishing competition and the city band concert.

“I am here today to celebrate Independence Day and also to watch the fireworks,” said Victor Adewale, a resident in Marshall. “It’s a diverse place, and everyone is friendly and happy to be here.”

The Kiwanis Club of the Marshall Area had the Kiwanis Clubhouse for the celebration and partnered with the Army to put on many of activities.

“What we do is get a bunch of free activities for the park, so you’ll see bouncy houses. The army is partnering with us this year, so they’re making ID tags for the kids,” said Renee Suby, President of the Kiwanis Club of the Marshall Area.

“I love to see families out, it’s a family friendly event, and it’s fun to see kids smile and big kids being little kids too,” Suby said.

A booth for Usborne Books and More was at the park selling children’s books.

“So here I am selling books, infants through young adult, and part of the proceeds will go to the Kiwanis Club here in Marshall,” said Courtey Hartner, an independent consultant for Usborne Books and More. “I did this two years ago as well, and then last year it rained, and then they (Kiwanis Club of Marshall Area) asked me to come back again this year and I was happy to do it,” Hartner said.

Suby said many sponsors help with the festivities — Andrew Suby State Farm sponsored the grill, Jana Riley’s Team for Keller Williams Realty and the YMCA sponsoring the bouncy houses and Hy-Vee helped get the Kiwanis Club’s food tent ready.