The town of Hope will be holding its Old Fashioned Independence Day on Friday, June 30th on the Hope Town Square.

Barb Johnson, director of the Yellow Trail Museum, says that this year’s event will include the traditional kids parade around the Town Square and the apple-pie baking contest. But it will also feature the first “Little Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker” contest. You can pick up entry forms for any of those events at the Hope branch library or at the Yellow Trail Museum.

Events start at 5 p.m. that afternoon, with the Banister Family Band performing at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks that evening.

The event is free.