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New Pekin prepares oldest consecutive Independence Day celebration in U. S.

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PEKIN, In. (WDRB) -- The town of New Pekin, Indiana claims the distinction of having the oldest consecutive Independence Day celebration in the United States of America.

Pekin began celebrating Independence Day in the year 1830.

The celebration consists of a fireworks display, a parade, live bands, three-on-three basketball tournament, carnival, food vendors, a flea market, reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, prince and princess contest, horseshoe pitching contest, a queen contest, cookouts and many other small celebrations around the town of Pekin.

Locals begin the 3 day celebration on Thursday July 3rd with fireworks at night.

Before the fireworks, Steve "Spoonman" Tankersley with the help of spectators will attempt to break the world record of the most people playing spoons at the same time.

The current record is 1,980 people.

Pekin Fourth of July
Pekin, IN Community Park
Spoons World Record Attempt
Fireworks Thursday night.
Parade Friday at 10am

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