RALSTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
RALSTON’S 52nd ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
2012 Schedule of Events * This year’s theme: Celebrate Ralston! 100th Anniversary 1912-2012
SUNDAY, JULY 1st
* QUILT SHOW “Independence City Quilters and Friends”
Ralston Baright Public Library, 5555 S. 77th St,. from July 1st – July 4th.
Quilts to be in the show may be brought to the Library on Saturday, June 30 th , 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Sponsored by: Baright Public Library Foundation Board. FREE! (dates and times listed below)
TUESDAY, JULY 3rd
* ARCHIVES HOUSE – Open 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Park Dr. & Woodlawn Ave. * Patriotic Music Program, 5:00 p.m.
Presented by LaDonna Johnson & her music students. FREE! Sponsored by: the Frank & Velma Johnson Ralston Archives
* PICNIC IN THE PARK/ Music, Entertainment, Pie Baking Contest Live Music by The River Daddies
Ralston Park, 80th & Park Drive 5:30 – 7:30 pm / Picnic & Music 4:30/ Pie Baking Contest Judging
5:30-7:30 pm/ Pie and Ice Cream Social
Sponsored by: JCI Ralston, Archives House Committee, Ralston Area Chamber, and the City of Ralston
Live Music sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Music Performance Trust Fund
Food & Beverage will be available for purchase: A Grill-Out with Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Salad, & Chips.
* SQUARE DANCE - 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 76th & Main St., Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce - FREE!
* FAMILY STREET DANCE - "Gordie Zealand Music Production” - 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A 60’s & 70’s & 80’s Blast from the Past!
77th & Main St. A family event. Bring the family and have some fun! This is a non-alcohol event.
Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce - FREE!
* COLORING CONTEST- Judging During Family Street Dance at Chamber office, 5505 Miller Ave.
Sponsored by: Hy-Vee, 96th & “Q”, The Ralston Recorder, & Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th
* PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS starting at 9:00 a.m., Chamber office, 5505 Miller Ave. Grand Prize • Catered Grill-out for 50 in metro
area, PLUS 1 yr supply 7up/Dr. Pepper items & 1 yr supply Roberts Dairy items (1 case ea. per mo.) & $100 Hy-Vee Gift Card. ($1000
value) Applewood Hy-Vee • 96th & Q; 1st Prize • Amazon Kindle Fire, built-in Wi-Fi, 7” color display, 8 GB, Cloud Storage, Apps &
Games w/case. ($240 value) • Great Western Bank; 2nd Prize • 10 Extreme Wristbands for all day, unlimited Go-Karts, Mini-Golf,
Lazer Tag, Water Wars, Spaceball & Jumpshot ($225 value) Papio Fun Park • 210 E. Lincoln St., Papillion. Many more great
prizes!!!!! $1.00 donation * Purchase 6 tickets for $5.00 and 12 tickets for $10.00. Help support these terrific events and Parade
by purchasing raffle tickets!
* RALSTON INDEPENDENCE DAY FUN RUN/WALK– Independence Square, 77th & Main Street Gazebo sponsored by: Prairie Life
Center, Applewood Hy-Vee, JCI Ralston, Elite Dental, & Lacey & Associates, CPAs, P.C. More information call: 680-1023 or
990-4154. Entries include a T-shirt! This is one of the oldest runs in Nebraska! 7:50 a.m. / One Mile Walk/Run and 8:00 a.m. /
Three Mile Race
* QUILT SHOW “Independence City Quilters and Friends” - 10:00 a.m. - noon
Ralston Baright Public Library, 5555 S. 77th St.
* CHILDREN’S PARADE - No registration required ~ 6th Grade & Under - - Line-up 9:30 a.m. Children’s Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.
at 5500 Miller Ave. - Chamber Office – Children’s Parade led by Ralston Mayor, Don Groesser
Sponsored by: Applewood Hy-Vee 96th & “Q”
* MUSIC at INDEPENDENCE SQUARE – Live Music 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Joey Gulizia & the G Notes
77th & Main St. FREE! Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Music Performance Trust Fund
* INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE - - 1:00 p.m. 52nd ANNUAL
Parade starts at 80th & Highland - ending at 75th & Main St.
Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce
Our Parade MC’s are EJ & Hoss from KAT 103!
*FIRE DEPARTMENT WATERFIGHTS following parade
77th and Main St.
Sponsored by: Ralston Volunteer Fire Department
*CHICKEN DINNER at the Legion on July 4th served Noon – 4:00 p.m., 74th & Q St.
*Ralston American Legion BEER GARDEN on July 4th with hamburgers, hotdogs, beer & pop. 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., 74th & Q
Sponsored by: Ralston American Legion Post #373 Auxiliary.
* FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR - Dusk (approx. 9:30 p.m.)
Ralston Arena / 72nd & Q St / Synchronized to music over FM Radio KAT 103
Sponsored by: City of Ralston - Bellino Enterprises - Wiebe Foundation - Ralston Keno -- Ralston Police FOP #21 - First State
Bank - American National Bank - Hillman Forman Childers & McCormak - The Schemmer Associates Inc – Dicon General
Contractor - BKD, LLP - Theatrical Media Services - Olsson Associates - SignIT - Grand Finale Sponsor: Great Western Bank
THURSDAY, JULY 5th
* RAFFLE DRAWING - 1:00 p.m. (need not be present to win) - Ralston Area Chamber office, 5505 Miller Ave. * 339-7737
Sponsored by: Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and Business Members
* Quilts that are on display, can be picked up between 4 pm – 6 pm
Additional “Independence City” Summer Activities
* Quilt Show held at Ralston Baright Public Library “Independence City Quilters and Friends”
July 1st - 1 pm – 5 pm; July 2 & 3rd - 10 am – 6 pm; July 4th 10 am – noon
* Ralston Community Theatre presents: Anything Goes at Ralston Performing Arts Centre, 89th & Park Drive
Performances run weekends July 6th -22th; For reservations: 898-3545 or www.ralstontheatre.org
***FIREWORKS STAND LOCATIONS Mon., JUNE 25th – Wed., JULY 4th***
Look for the Sales Tents at the following locations: Open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Ralston HS Curtain Raisers Ralston HS Boys Soccer Ralston HS Varsity Cheer & Pom
73rd St. south of Q St. 84th St. and Madison 72nd St. north of Harrison St.
(All profits go to Ralston non-profit organizations & their community projects.)