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Fireworks and parade information


This the the parade route for the Saturday, July 4 Parade beginning at 7 p.m. at Taft Street North and 2nd Avenue North. The route was changed for this year only due to a desire for appropriate social distancing along the route.

By KENT THOMPSON
The annual Humboldt July 4th fireworks display will go off as planned Saturday, July 4, with only a few alterations.
One major charge is spectators will not be allowed to sit in the grandstand. People will be allowed to drive their vehicles into the fairgrounds and can watch the fireworks from inside or outside their vehicles. Attendees are asked to maintain a six-foot social distance between others watching the display.
Humboldt Fire Department officer and head of the annual pyrotechnic display, Russ Seiler, said the display will be pretty much the same show as other years. Seiler and about 15 volunteers safely light the fireworks from the fairgrounds infield. The show will begin promptly at 10 p.m. and runs for approximately 30 minutes.
“This is our $11,000 show. We cut back some on the ground displays, but look forward to a good array of fireworks,” Seiler said.
The rain date will be Sunday, July 5 at 10 p.m.

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Downtown work finishes up for 4th


Local painter Tom Tecklenburg gives a fresh coat of paint to the Center X Archery building at 632 Sumner Ave. on a warm afternoon, Wednesday, June 24. Tecklenburg says he likes the openness of the downtown streetscape without the old aluminum awnings. He thinks the fabric coverings will be a nice touch for some buildings. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
The $1.37 million Humboldt Downtown Revitalization Project is nearing completion.
Following a bit of a rocky start late last summer, construction progressed quickly in the late fall and this spring.
“All of the concrete work should be done by today (Thursday) and the sub-contractor Lawn Ranger, will be spraying to keep weed growth down in the open areas,” Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said. Sande Construction of Humboldt has been the general contractor for the project. North Central Iowa Service installed new street lights last week.
“We are not putting in compost yet in the open sections. We will be putting in 4-inch river cobble (stones) and large limestone outcroppings (slabs for people to step on). Those will be going in with liner under it and then we will backfill the rest with compost. The first phase will have compost, which will be dug back for the river cobble and limestone outcroppings,” Goedken said.

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