Skidmore Plans Big Callithumpian Parade for the 4th

Advertisement, "Celebrate July 4th in Skidmore."
Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), June 9, 1921, p. 3.

Skidmore, Missouri began planning its 1921 Independence Day celebrations in early June, as we see in the June 9, 1921 edition of the Skidmore News (page 1, of course):

Committees Busy With Plans for Celebration
Speaking, Base Ball, Fireworks, and Numerous Other Attractions Being Arranged

All of the committees appointed to arrange for the big 4th of July celebration here have been working hard on the job, and plans are beginning to take definite form. The committees are not ready to announce the program at this time, as there are many things still to be arranged for; but one thing has been definitely decided — Skidmore is to have a 4th of July celebration this year, and it will be one of the biggest and best ever held here.

The finance committee has not completed its task, but states that a sufficient amount of money is in sight to make a good celebration possible. A speaker has not been obtained as yet, but the committee has a number of good men in view and will make arrangements with one of them within the next few days.

A big callithumpian parade has been arranged for 10 o’clock in the morning, and there will be other attractions arranged later so that the entire forenoon will be occupied with entertainment of some sort. For the afternoon there will be a good speaker, a base ball game between Skidmore and Burlington Junction, and a number of other features. It is the intention of the committees that there shall be something of interest going on at all times. One of the big attractions, and probably the most popular of the day, will be the splendid display of fireworks in the evening.

The Skidmore band will furnish the music, and has already commenced practicing. New music is to be obtained, and with almost a month in which to practice, the band will be well prepared for the occasion.

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