Kirksville getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us and Kirksville has a lot planned for the upcoming holiday weekend.

City partners along with the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce are holding the 10th annual Red, White, and Blue Festival.

It all kicks off on Thursday night, July 3 with horse drawn carriage rides at Brashear Park.

You can also head to Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery for Cemetary Theater.

"The pioneers of Kirksville are buried there. That's where Curtian Call Theater volunteers perform. You as the audience will wonder around and learn a little about Kirksville history and be entertained," said Tourism Director Debi Boughton.

The festival will continue on the big 4th of July Friday.

The action all kicks off with the Firecracker 5K and 1K Walk at 8 a.m. That's followed by the big Red, White, and Blue Parade in downtown Kirksville.

"We've have had it in the afternoon and it was too hot. Last year it was at 9 in the morning and that was a little early. We didn't want to overlap with the end of the race and walk so 9:30 a.m. downtown. Come to downtown for that," Boughton said.

Kirksville's 4th of July festivities will continue with the Splash Bash at the Aquatic Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Next up, the pie contest and Summer on the Square Concert on the courthouse lawn from 5-7 p.m.

The night will end with the fireworks display near the Kirksville Country Club at 9:30 p.m.

There will also be activities on Saturday, July 5 such as the Joint Service Pancake Breakfast. That event will be held at the Downtown Cinema 8 parking lot. The money raised will help pay for the fireworks display.

For more information on the festival click here.