This weekend will offer plenty of sports-related events for area residents to celebrate the holiday.
The Firecracker Mile is slated for 8 a.m. Friday at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Registration costs $15 for all divisions. The Open Division is for more experienced runners.
Participants can also enter the Novice Division, which is for runners who have completed three or fewer races.
There is also a 14 and under division for the mile run. Participants who are ages six and under can run in the 100-yard PeeWee Dash. The Junior Jog is a 300 yard event, which is for ages 7-9.
There will be an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
A different type of racing will also be in action for the holiday weekend.
Fireworks will be bursting in the air, but area race tracks will showcase fireworks on dirt ovals as well.
Recently re-opened Central Missouri Speedway is hosting the 9th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl Friday and Saturday, while Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland will have racing and fireworks tonight.
Lucas Oil Speedway’s races include ULMA Late Models, USRA Modified, Factory Stocks and USRA B-Mods. All veterans will be admitted free.
The featured event will be the ULMA Late Models, which is a 25-lap, $1,000 to win event with fireworks capping off the night.
For more information, visit lucasoilspeedway.com or call 417-282-5984.
The CMS event is named for the late Tom Wilson, who was a CMS announcer and director of public relations.
The two-day event features live music, fireworks and seven racing classes. This will be the first year CMS has had live music.
“We wanted to make it more of an event atmosphere,” said Sam Stoecklin, CMS announcer and public relations worker. “We do have a food vendor out there so it just creates a fun atmosphere. It will bring a little something different to racing.”
Beam & Eads out of Lexington will perform at noon Friday, while The Mojo Dogs hit the stage at noon Saturday.
Camping on the CMS grounds is also welcome this weekend.
“We do get quite a few campers,” Stoecklin said. “It’s mostly the RV types. Some of the travelers. People that travel to big races and stuff like that.”
Saturday’s main event on the track will be the USRA Modified race, which will be a 50-lap, $5,000 to win race.
“It’s 10 more laps than we’ve gone before on our specials,” Stoecklin said. “We just wanted to try it out.”
Heat races for the USRA Modified class will be Friday. Friday’s feature races include Mod Lites, B-Mods, 305 Sprint Cars and Street Stock. The Street Stock race is $1,500 to win and a fireworks show will follow the event.
Pure Stock, B-Mods and Grand Nationals will race Saturday before the USRA Modified race.