CHILLICOTHE — The town that boasts it was the first town — ever — to offer sliced bread to customers is serving up some Fourth of July holiday fun and entertainment, starting today, July 3.

Sliced Bread Days begins at 4 p.m. Friday with the opening of Missouri Bicentennial Photo Exhibit at the appropriately named Slice Bread Innovation Center.

The band the Yard Dogs performs perform at 7 p.m.

A 5K color fest run starts at 8 a.m. July 4 at the Chillicothe YMCA. That time also coincides with the opening of the town’s farmers market. Kids can take part in art from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cultural Corner Art Guild. The city’s firework display caps the day’s events around 9:30 p.m., near highways 36 and 65.

Events continue on July 5 with a bread-baking contest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peterson Family Bluegrass music at 2 p.m. and ending with an inspirational evening with Pastor Jeff Keck at 7 p.m.

Numerous communities in the KMZU listening area are hosting holiday events and fireworks display. Click on the link to see our full schedule. 

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