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City of Columbia announces Independence Day weekend events

Courtesy MGN Online
Courtesy MGN Online


The Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning, CoMo 200, is planning multiple events beginning July 1st and culminating in its main bicentennial celebration on Sunday, July 4.

Thursday, July 1st

  • "We Always Swing" Jazz Series presents the Sam Griffith Tentet and the Ben Colagiovanni Quartet at Rose Music Hall (ticketed). Show at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 2nd

  • Red, White and Blues featuring the Danielle Nicole Band and the Fried Crawdaddies at Rose Music Hall (free). Doors/Show at 6:00 p.m. - Presented by Machens Nissan
  • The John William "Blind" Boone Bicentennial Concert featuring Reginald R. Robinson, John Reed-Torres and Dr. Jolie Rocke at the Second Missionary Baptist Church (free) at 7:00 p.m. and after-party at the "Blind" Boone Home (ticketed) at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents CoMo Bicentennial at First Baptist Church (free). Show at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 3rd

  • Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run 1 or 4-mile run/walk beginning at the Boone County Courthouse (free). Opening Ceremony at 7:00 a.m.
  • African American Heritage Trail Tours (free) from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Historic Preservation Commission History Tour (free) at 5:30 p.m.
  • Red, White and Groove featuring The Stone Sugar Shakedown and Catdaddy’s Funky Fuzz Bunker Band at Rose Music Hall (free). Doors at 5:00 p.m., Show at 6:00 p.m. - Presented by Machens Nissan.
  • The Missouri Symphony Society presents City That I Love at the Missouri Theater (ticketed). Show at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 4th

  • The Main Event! 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Flat Branch Park (FREE) & Family Fun Activities
  • Historic Preservation Commission History Tour at 11:00 a.m.
  • USPS Cancellation Station
  • Local non-profit exhibitors
  • Historic Proclamations and Tours
  • Music Stage featuring: Kids’ Songs with Violet, Violet and Phylshawn, The Bel Airs, Chump Change and more!
  • Red, White and Bluegrass featuring Old Salt Union and One Way Traffic at Rose Music Hall (free). Doors at 5:00 p.m., Show at 6:00 p.m. - Presented by Machens Nissan
  • Fire in the Sky at 9:15 p.m. - Fireworks shot from American Legion Park, choreographed to music on KBXR. The park will be closed for safety reasons. Please watch from an open, alternate location. Presented by Columbia Insurance Gro up and Veterans United.

Residents can learn more about these and other upcoming CoMo 200 events online at or on Facebook at

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Karl Wehmhoener


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