Party like it’s Columbia, Missouri’s 200th birthday party — because it is! Find out more about CoMo200 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CoMo200
Can’t make these events? Check out the Boone County History & Culture Center’s ongoing exhibit open until Jan. 31, 2022. It includes artifacts and a timeline. Museum is free, air conditioned and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Check it out here. https://boonehistory.org/events/the-birth-and-evolution-of-college-town-usa/
7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021 — We Always Swing Jazz Series concert featuring Sam Griffith Tentent and the Ben Colaiovanni Quartet at 7 p.m. in Rose Park. $10-$12.
6 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021 — Red, White and Blues — A blues showcase concert with Kansas City-based Danielle Nichole Band and The Fried Crawdaddies. Free in Rose Park.
7 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021 — Odyssey Chamber Music Bicentennial Concert with selections from George Gershwin, Johannes Brahms, Fred Onovwerosuoke and Florence Price. This free event will be in the First Baptist Church on Broadway.
7 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021 — “Blind” Boone Bicentennial Concert highlighting J.W. “Blind” Boone, a classical and ragtime legend. Performers are Reginald Robinson, John Reed-Torres and Jolie Rocke in Second Baptist Church, free. Following this event will be a ticketed afterparty in the J.W. “Blind” Boone home at 10 Fourth St. Buy tickets here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-william-blind-boone-bicentennial-concert-post-celebration-tickets-156927579615
7 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 — Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run/Walk, with 1- and 4-mile options starts at the Boone County Courthouse. It’s free but registration is required at https://www.pppfreedomrun.com/.
10 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 — African-American Heritage Trail free tours start at the “Blind” Boone home at 10 Fourth St.
5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 — Brick Streets Local History Walking Tour. This free event sponsored by the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission will start at City Hall on Broadway.
6 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 — Red, White and Groove, a jam- and funk-oriented concert with The Stone Sugar Shakedown and Catdaddy’s Funky Fuzz-Bunker Band. Free event in Rose Park.
7 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 — City That I Love bicentennial concert by the Missouri Symphony as part of its Hot Summer Nights Festival. $35-$45 in the Missouri Theatre. Buy tickets here. https://am.ticketmaster.com/muconcerts/ism/MUhTTkNPUDI=
11 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021 — Wells and Springs of Early Columbia. This free event sponsored by the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission will start at the pedestrian bridge in Flat Branch Park.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4 2021 — Missouri on Mic, a traveling audio booth, will be at the Flat Branch Park to collect stories of mid-Missourians. This is sponsored by the State Historic Society of Missouri and KBIA.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021 — CoMo 200 celebration: A festival with family activities, exhibitor booths, food trucks, film screenings, historical tours and projects as well as live music from Violet Vonder Haar and Phylshawn Johnson, The Bel Airs, and more at Flat Branch Park. Note: Chump Change had been scheduled to appear but had to cancel. The Blind Boone House is also hosting all-day open house tours.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021 — Vidwest digital storytelling workshop at Ragtag Cinema on Hitt St., with shorts shown at 11 a.m. and a 1 p.m. screening of “Summer of Soul,” a documentary about the summer concerts in Harlem in 1969.
6 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021 — Red, White and Bluegrass, music by Roots N Blues band Old Salt Union and One Way Traffic. Free in Rose Park.
9:15 p.m. Sunday, July 4 2021 — Fire in the Sky, fireworks set off from American Legion Park accompanied by music played on KBXR, 102.3 FM. The park will be closed, so fans will need to find their own viewing location. This event is sponsored by Veterans United and Columbia Insurance Group.