Sweltering sunshine in the morning gave way to light drizzle at night as the American Independence Day was celebrated July 4 in the Perry area.
Parades in Perry, Minburn and many other towns brought the communities together in national pride.
In the float competition, first place was captured by the Raccoon Valley Bank float. Second place went to the Perry Sesquicentennial Celebrations float, and the Perry Firefighters Association took third place. Honorable Mentions went to Ben’s Five and Dime and the Perry Scout Troop 127. Butler Appraisals organized the ratings by three secret judges.
The afternoon in Pattee Park brought fire department water fights, performances by Showtime Dance and Tumbling Studio and Los Laureles, a Bill Riley Talent Search competition. Even brought the rocking sounds of Rukkus to the Pattee Park bandshell, with rain threatening to shorten the last set.
The Perry Chamber of Commerce fireworks extravaganza ended the evening, with many private displays in yards and gardens complementing the official fireworks.
Festivities continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the Perry Sesquicentennial Celebrations mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Perry.