Sumner’s 4th of July Celebration Will Continue With Restrictions

SUMNER–The Sumner Commercial Club has announced the schedule for the annual Sumner 4th of July Celebration!

“Due to the current pandemic the celebration looks different this year. Unfortunately, parades, carnivals and street dances are restricted. But there are many things that are not restricted, like family, fun and freedom,” said Sumner Commercial Club President, Kristen Triplett.

The fun began on June 27 but continues all week long in Sumner leading up to Independence Day. The Sumner Saddle Club rodeo performances are on July 3 at 7:30 p.m. and July 4 at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Rodeo Calcutta on July 2. There will not be a street dance this year.

The afternoon of July 4 will be filled with some new and old activities. Starting at 3 p.m. there will be Bingo at the Sumner Community Hall. There will be food trucks, vendors and Live Entertainment in the Sumner Park starting at 4 p.m.

The annual 4th of July parade will be replaced with an evening Cruise Night starting at 6 p.m. Cruise your car, truck, tractor, motorcycle or float around Sumner and then enjoy the Fireworks at the Sumner Ball Field at dusk. There will be concessions available.

“We had to cancel the morning parade this year. That hurt a lot, but it is best for the health and safety of the community. We feel that the afternoon activities and the Cruise Night will be a great way to celebrate instead,” said Triplett.

Be responsible, wash your hands, maintain a 6-foot distance from others and stay home if you or someone you know has been sick.

A complete schedule of events is available on the Sumner Commercial Club Facebook page.

“We hope that everyone has as much good, quality family time as they can stand while staying safe and healthy,” said Triplett.

The Sumner 4th of July Celebration kicked off on Saturday, June 27 with the traditional Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament and the 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament. In years past the S-E-M Alumni banquet would have been on Saturday but it has been postponed until next year.

On Sunday, June 28, the Sumner Commercial Club hosted a picnic, serving sack lunches with limited seating in the Sumner Community Hall, outside seating, and at the Sumner Park. Socially distant Toad & Turtle Races, an ice cream social hosted by the Sumner EMTs, and a S-E-M Cross Country team sponsored 5K and 1-mile Splash run all took place on June 28.

Thursday, July 2 7:00 p.m. Calcutta – Sumner Saddle Club
Friday, July 3:  7:30 p.m. Rodeo
Saturday, July 4:
1:30 p.m. Rodeo
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bingo at Community Hall
4:00 p.m. Live Entertainment – In Park Raffle Winners Announced Flyover – Johnson’s Lake Flying Service by Lance Werth
6:00 p.m. “2020 What’s Your Vision” Cruise Night
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Concessions at the Baseball Field
Dusk: Fireworks at the Baseball Field 

Raffle Tickets available for purchase from any Sumner Commercial Club volunteer or on our Facebook page. Schedule is subject to change.