Fort Scott celebrates Independence Day despite wet weather

Despite the scattering of rain throughout the weekend, residents of Fort Scott still had ample opportunity to celebrate the holiday weekend with fireworks, anniversaries, historic activities and other events.

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The Fort Scott Fire Department used the weekend to celebrate their 125th anniversary Saturday by grilling hot dogs and inviting the community to come view the station and old equipment, including a truck from the 1940s, gear that is now out-dated and even illegal to use because of improved technology and records stretching as far back as the 1920s.

First Baptist Church of Fort Scott also celebrated an anniversary with a Saturday night gala, special Sunday service and opening of a time capsule as well as festivities at Gunn Park Sunday afternoon in honor of their 150th anniversary.

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The Fort Scott National Historic Site provided activities Saturday through Sunday, including characters dressed up in period clothing and demonstrations of different aspects of the fort and its history.

The second annual Wounded Warrior Classic also brought in a number of high school baseball teams and provided Sunday evening activities at the LaRoche Baseball Complex, while the city also put on a fireworks show that evening and then held the annual Burke Street parade the following morning.

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