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 Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The price of board for single gentlemen occupying rooms in Davenport hotels has been raised to $10 per week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Dr. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island County Bible Society. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. I.O. Nothstein, Rock Island, was named president of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Twin Cities. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Athel Young, wife of Chic Young, who draws the internationally famous "Blondie" comic strip, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. John Miller, in Rock Island for three weeks. The Youngs' infant son accompanied his mother. 1964 -- 50 years ago: 750 students from 30 northern Illinois high schools will take part in the Class D state finals music contest to be held next Saturday on the Augustana College campus. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A near capacity crowd shook the rafters at Wharton field House in Moline Tuesday night. When the decibel level returned to normal, Alleman's Pioneers had pulled out a 54-49 victory over the Orion Chargers. The win advanced Alleman into the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years.