Pekin ready for 185th celebration PDF Print E-mail

The town of Pekin continues its distinction of the Oldest Consecutive Fourth of July Celebration in America.


This is the 185th year in a row the town has celebrated the Fourth without ever taking a year off.

Through two World Wars, the great depression and many other events that affected the nation, the town has always celebrated America’s independence.

A special section is printed inside this paper.

The following is a list of highlights from the 185th celebration:

The festival kicks off on Thursday with rides, food and bunji jumps from Derby City Amusements.

The food court also opens at 4 p.m., as do the flea market booths.

Registration for the Pekin Idol will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the contest is scheduled to get underway at 6:30.

On Friday July 3, booths once again open at 4 with Zambelli’s firework show scheduled for 10 p.m.

The 3-on-3 tournament for Elementary and middle school divisions will begin with registration at 5:30 and the tournament scheduled to begin at 6.

The festivities on July 4 will begin with the parade.

Registration for the men’s and women’s open division of the 3-on-3 will begin after the parade with the tournament scheduled to get underway around noon.

For a complete list of events see inside.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:54