Columbia State Historic Park invites you to our annual Glorious Fourth of July Celebration with a community parade, games and more. The Independence Day festivities, sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, begin with a Flag Raising and Black Powder Musket Salute by the Columbia Militia at 11 a.m. The Great Mother Lode Brass & Reed Band will also give a free concert at 11 a.m. on Main Street in front of the City Hotel. Try your skill at the many contests popular in the early days of Columbia, with "Needle in the Haystack," a watermelon eating contest, "Bucket Brigade," greased pole climbing and nail pounding contests, egg relay and egg toss, cake walk, and the "Five Way Tug-O-War." We suggest a one dollar donation to participate in contests. Columbia's Independence Day celebration includes a barbeque at 1 p.m. Barbeque tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Proceeds of the day benefit the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.