Thursday, July 5, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:39 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008
Emily Rubenstein, 4, plays with the flag she’s waiting to give to finishers of the children’s duathlon at the I Love America Festival.

From Columbia to Arrow Rock, from Faurot Field to the fairgrounds, Fourth of July events around mid-Missouri gave folks a chance to enjoy the holiday with their families and friends.

From left, Larry, Stephan and Stephanie Dorman congratulate Adele, 9, after she finished the girls’ duathlon at the I Love America Festival at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Whit Reichert and Tempe McGlaughlin warm up on their kazoos with a buzzy version of God Bless America in Arrow Rock, MO on July 4, 2007. The kazoo band is a featured part of the four-block-long parade.
Bill Lovin, left, talks with Pam Parson before the Fourth of July parade in downtown Arrow Rock.
Mattie Monsees, 4, waits for her mom to finish applying sunscreen so she can go for a swim in Columbia’s Hulen Lake.

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