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City of Independence celebration to kick off Wednesday

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After days of rainfall and moderate flooding, Independence will have its Fourth of July Celebration begin Wednesday as planned. After days of rainfall and moderate flooding, Independence will have its Fourth of July Celebration begin Wednesday as planned.
INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

After days of rainfall and moderate flooding, Independence will have its Fourth of July Celebration begin Wednesday as planned.

Luckily, the Wapsipinicon River did not rise to the levels that were forecasted; so the city voted to have its festival the week of the 4th as scheduled.

Agencies including the City of Independence, Parks and Recreation and Independence Fire worked diligently to swiftly clean up Riverwalk Park in time for the event.

The Independence Celebration Committee began setting up Tuesday morning.

Visitors will find food and entertainment along with games, such as the Poker Walk and Wapsi Warrior Challenge.

This is the city's 12th year for its celebration, and it expects to see a crowd of 5,000 to 10,000 people.

After a series of unfortunate events in Independence, the committee is happy to bring a little holiday joy.

"Coming down here, just to kick back a little bit, try to relax, enjoy, this is the time God and country can come together," said committee member John Holland.

The first day of the event is Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Parks, located at 1st Avenue and 6th Street NE in Independence.

The parade will be Thursday morning at 9 a.m. with festivities continuing at the parks from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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