The schedule of events and parade grand marshal have been revealed for Galva’s annual Freedom Fest celebration.

The schedule of events and parade grand marshal have been revealed for Galva’s annual Freedom Fest celebration.

Annette Smith earned the honor of 2018 parade grand marshal.

The schedule of events has a familiar look as Galva once again hosts one of the better Fourth of July gatherings in the area.

The two-day celebration begins in Wiley Park on Tuesday, July 3, with Messiah Lutheran Church’s Pork Chop Dinner and Ice Cream Social and the fourth annual John’s July Coffeehouse.

Pork chops and ice cream will be served in the park from 5 to 7 p.m., with the coffeehouse starting at 6:30 p.m. The coffeehouse honors the memory of John Sloan, an instrumental figure in Galva Arts Council history.

The Tuesday night scene shifts to Front Street with the band King Jeremy performing from 8 p.m. to midnight in front of Crescent City Tap. The cover charge is $5.

The activities resume Wednesday, July 4, and once again Wiley Park is the place to be.

The Galva Lions Club hosts its annual pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. 

That’s also the start time for runners and walkers to register for the Freedom Fest 5K. Registration runs to 7:45 a.m., with the 5K starting at 8 a.m.

The buzz continues in Wiley Park long after the final 5K entrant crosses the finish line. Here’s a look at what else is happening in the park:

n Burns Boosters Petting Zoo, 8 to 11 a.m.

n Antique Tractor Show, registration from 8 to 10 a.m. and show starts at 10 a.m.

n Galva Arts Council’s Art Jam on the basketball court blacktop, 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 for a 4-foot by 5-foot space.

n FFA Cow Bingo, 9 a.m. The cost is $2 per ticket.

n Kids games from 9 to 11 a.m.

n Aaron Glaser Memorial Volleyball Tournament, 9:30 a.m. registration and first game at 10 a.m.

n Kiddie Tractor Pull, registration from 1 to 2 p.m. The pull starts at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $1 and the pull is boys and girls ages 4-8.

Two of the day’s bigger events are the parade and fireworks show at the Galva Park District.

The parade lines up at 10 a.m. in the Galva Junior-Senior High parking lot, and steps off at noon from the Galva Elementary School.

The celebration concludes at the Galva Park District with one of the area’s premiere fireworks show. The fireworks — under the direction of Melrose Pyrotechnics — start at dusk. There will be food vendors set up in the Park District.