Murray Fun Days is just around the corner
The Fourth of July holiday means the return of the Murray Fun Days celebration. In conjunction with Independence Day, Murray City schedules a day full of family activities, beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the Murray Park Pavilion 5 with a pancake breakfast. Following the breakfast, a sunrise service in the Murray Park Amphitheater at 7 a.m. will feature patriotic music, and WWII veteran George William Plant speaking about his experiences during and after the war, where he served in three branches of the military.
Runners can participate in the Murray Fun Days 5K starting at 8 a.m., with the children’s race (for ages 4-9) beginning at 9 a.m. The registration deadline for these races is Friday, June 28 at mcreg.com. There will be no same-day registration. Following the 5K, the annual parade starts at 8:30 a.m. The parade route will travel north from Fashion Place Mall to Murray Park, with Murray resident and WWII veteran Donald Huish Snarr, 90, serving as the parade’s grand marshal.
“The first entries will highlight the celebration of the Murray Power Department’s 100th birthday,” Murray City Cultural Arts Director Mary Ann Kirk said. “Using bold colors of red, green, purple and orange, Murray’s float, titled ‘Pioneering Power, Transforming Our Future,’ features Sparky the Power Dog and animated cartoon-like cords carrying bolts of electricity, to highlight how power has transformed our daily lives from the past into the future.”
After the parade, entertainment, children’s games, rides and the annual car show will be featured in Murray Park. Magician Paul Brewer will start things off at 11 a.m., followed by the breakdancing troupe Ground Hounds and the Jon Dansie Band. Evening entertainment starts at the Murray Softball field at 8 p.m. with the Flashback Brothers.
“[This group of musicians] takes classic renditions of songs and then turns them up a notch. They do happy, fun songs from the 50s to the 80s,” Kirk said. “Watch, dance or just sing along. You will find the Flashback Brothers irresistible and fun.”
An enhanced fireworks show, celebrating Murray Power’s centennial, finishes of the Murray Fun Days celebration at 10 p.m. at Murray Park.