While uncertainty has beleaguered just about every person and event across the globe this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is for sure, area event organizers weren’t about to bypass the longstanding local traditions celebrated each year on the Fourth of July — they are just planning things a little differently in order to remain safe but also allow opportunities for folks to honor Independence Day. 

The Weskota Foundation Walk and Run for Wellness is hosting its annual event virtually this year. Now through July 4, participants can hold their own virtual event — a real walk or run on the course of their choice — while supporting the mission of the Weskota Foundation. Details about the virtual walk/run can be found in the ad in this week's print and e-issue. T-shirts are available for purchase for $15 and must be ordered by July 8.

To kick off the holiday weekend, the 12th annual Blue and Gold Two Person Scramble is scheduled for  Friday, July 3 at the Springs Country Club with a 10 a.m. tee off. Call the country club for more information and to register at (605) 539-1944.

Wessington Springs Area Chamber & Development is officially calling for entries in the “Rockin’ in the USA” themed Fourth of July parade. Details on how to register are in the ad  and in an editorial in this week's print and e-issues on PAGE FIVE 

The fun continues at 4 p.m. in the city park at David Jost Baseball Field with turtle races and Old Settler’s games — with plenty of room for social distancing —  sponsored by Cashman Fireworks. Then once the sun sets, members of the Wessington Springs Volunteer Fire Department will dazzle attendees with their annual fireworks show. 

The full-page line up of Fourth of July events will be published in the True Dakotan in the July 1, 2020 issue courtesy of area businesses. In between print and e-issues, visit www.truedakotan.com.