The town’s Fourth of July Committee plans a festive celebration this year.

Setting the stage will be Saturday and Sunday performances of “The Music Man” by Watts Hall Community Players at 7 p.m. (details in Arts & Entertainment section).

Monday events start early with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall, an 8 a.m. one-mile Kids’ Fun Run, and an 8:30 a.m. adults’ Firecracker 5K race.

Parade staging begins at 8:30 a.m. on Dwight Street near the cemetery, while the craft tent opens at 9 a.m. behind the Masonic Temple, and pets are invited to the 9:15 a.m. pet show in front of Lura Libby School.

At 11 a.m. the Fourth of July parade steps off on Erin Street, moving to Main Street and south through town center to Booker Street.

Following the parade, the holiday opening ceremony begins at noon with local elected officials, the singing of the national anthem, introduction of the grand marshals and Mr. and Ms. Fourth of July, and announcement of parade prize winners.

All booths open at noon, with a variety of food, vendors, face painting, souvenirs, drinks, games and activities for kids, two free bounce houses, musical entertainment and lots more throughout the day until 8 p.m. Most activities are behind the business block.

Volunteers will be serving up chicken barbecue from noon until gone behind the business block. Proceeds support next year’s festivities, as do bounce house donations and purchases of glow jewelry and toys from the Committee Booth.

At 1 p.m. Bob’s Big Dawgs sponsors a giant hot dog eating contest, while the Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament gets under way on the Lura Libby School field with cash prizes.

Music will be provided by the Pampered Cats from 12:30 to 4 p.m. with a mix of danceable funk and soul, followed by local band Animal House from 5 to 9 p.m., leading up to the fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m.

In the event of rain or fog, the fireworks will be rescheduled to July 5.

For more information, contact Julie Brooks, committee chairman, at info@thomaston4thofjuly.com.