Fourth of July celebrations continue today with numerous activities throughout the area:
Aledo: Dr. Ford Frog Race begins at 10 a.m. in Central Park, 100 NE 3rd St. For details, call 309-582-5373. Aledo Community Band and Choir performs at noon at the park bandshell. For details, call 309-582-2751.
Fireworks begin at dusk at Mercer County Fairgrounds, SW 12th Avenue and Illinois 17, Aledo, preceded by Mercer County Community Band concert and ice cream social. Hot dogs will be available. For details, call 309-582-5373.
Bettendorf: Parade begins at 10 a.m. at 23rd and State streets, with festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Spruce Hills Drive near Cumberland Square, with music, food, crafts and kids' activities. Bettendorf Park Band plays at 7:30 p.m. at Bill Bowe Memorial Bandshell, Veterans' Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St., Bettendorf. Fireworks at dusk. Rain date is Saturday. For details, call 563-344-4113.
East Moline: Genesis Firecracker Run 10K run and 5K run/walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at 15th Avenue and 8th Street. The 1/4-mile run for ages 8 and younger starts at 8:45 a.m. A 1-mile run for ages 8-12 begins at 9:15 a.m. There also will be a hospital bed race and post-race party. Entry fees vary. East Moline firefighters breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. For details, call 309-751-9800.
55th annual AMVETS parade from 1 to 3 p.m. Starts at 3rd Street and 15th Avenue and goes to 13th Street. Brig. Gen. John Wharton is grand marshal. For details, call 563-823-2655.
Galva: Galva Freedom Fest from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Many activities Wiley Park. Parade at noon, with fireworks at dusk. Church service at 10 a.m. Sunday. For details, call 309-932-2555.
Geneseo: Kiwanis Pork in the Park and Maple City Band in City Park, West Main Street and South Center Street. Dinner, ice cream, cakes and pies available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Band plays from 1 to 3 p.m. For details, call 309-944-2686.
Kewanee: Festival at Francis Park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes pancake breakfast, food, music, a craft show, pie-baking contest and antique tractors and engines. Tri-County Cruisers Car Club car show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with judging from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information, call 309-883-3493. Fest parking available in the Bomag parking lot off U.S. 34 east of Kewanee, with shuttles for a donation. For details, call 309-852-2175. Concert and fireworks at Northeast Park, 1050 N. Main St., Kewanee.
Moline: Rock Island County Republicans celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. at Peterson Park, 35th Street and 7th Avenue. Music, cookout, games, hand and face painting, raffles, silent auctions and 50/50 drawing. Local elected officials will attend. Bring chairs. Cost is $10 or $30 per family.
Port Byron: 1862 Civil WarCannon dedication for its new location at 10 a.m., 101 S. Main St., Port Byron. For details, call 309-523-2046.
Prophetstown: Celebration in Prophetstown State Park has been canceled. The park is closed through July 7 because of flooding. The three-on-three basketball tournament will be moved to the high school parking lot, and the Prophetstown Park District 5K run and fun walk will take place as scheduled.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.