Metro-East Living

Have a Yankee Doodle Dandy start to your holiday weekend

▪  Granite City: Patriots in the Park is from 1 to 11 p.m. Friday through Monday at Wilson Park, 2900 Benton St. in Granite City. Activities include bluegrass, gospel and other live music; carnival rides, a softball tournament, car show and parachute demonstration. The weekend ends with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Monday at Coolidge Middle School.

▪  Steeleville: Steeleville through the Decades is from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday celebrates both the Fourth of July and the city’s 150th anniversary. The biggest day is Monday, when runners will compete in the Firecracker 3-K at 9:30 a.m. before the city’s annual Fourth of July Parade about 10:30 a.m. Activities include live music, carnival rides, board games, a dunk tank, patriotic program, bean bag tournament, candy walk, laser tag, bowling, a petting zoo, hula-hoop contest, face painting, covered wagon rides, an arts and crafts show, balloon art and a Nascar simulator. A Wooden Bat Classic baseball tournament will run all weekend. Festivities end with fireworks Monday night (Tuesday if rain).

Wichita Eagle photographers Jaime Green and Travis Heying discuss and demonstrate how to successfully shoot good fireworks photos for the Fourth of July.

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