until July 4. Are you ready for the day? Your checklist should include sunblock, bug spray and plenty of water.

Statue dedication

More than 100 people braved the heat Saturday to join the Kolterman and Geis families and dedicate a new statue of William H. Seward on the downtown square.

A new statue of William H. Seward on the northwest corner of the downtown square was dedicated Saturday night. Pictured with the statue are, from left, Jennifer (Kolterman) Stevens, Adeline Geis, Jessica Kolterman, Mark Kolterman and Clark Kolterman and Jeanne Wiemer of the Seward Arts Council. Find out more about the event in this week's Independent.

Matzkes honored

Chuck and Jan Matzke were honored with the Nebraska National Guard Distinguished Service Award June 30 by Major Gen. Daryl Bohac.

On Sunday, the Fourth of July week kicked off with the Bob Hope Show 1944. Major Gen. Daryl Bohac presented Chuck and Jan Matzke of Seward with the Nebraska National Guard Distinguished Service Award during the show.

Bob Hope plays Seward

Bob Hope (Col. Craig Strong of the Nebraska National Guard) performed in Seward June 30.

Bob Hope (Col. Craig Strong of the Nebraska National Guard) took the stage in Seward June 30 to entertain a full house at Seward High. Music, newsreels and commercials of the day filled the evening.

Upcoming events

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive Monday, July 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tamora Volunteer Fire Department.

Hands will be clapping, feet will be stomping and kids will be cheering as the popular children entertainers, The String Beans, perform on stage in Seward. Their free concert, sponsored by Runza National, begins at 7 p.m. at the Seward Bandshell on Monday, July 1. Come prepared to sing, dance and participate in the lively musical antics of these family-friendly musicians. Friends of Seward Library will provide ice cream for donations.

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive Tuesday, July 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Beaver Crossing Fire Hall.

Make sure you've got your schedule figured out for the Fourth. Look for the preview section in the June 26 Independent or click HERE.

Fourth of July fun facts

Abundant sunshine. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

Today

95° 76°

Abundant sunshine. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

Humidity:
52%
Cloud Coverage:
%
Wind:
SW at 14 mph
Chance of Rain:
0%
UV Index:
9 Very High
Sunrise:
06:11:53 AM
Sunset:
08:57:07 PM

The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938. (I didn't know that.)

Bristol, Rhode Island, is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785.

More than 14,000 fireworks displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July.

facts taken from theodysseyonline.com

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