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A mixture of new events, coupled with traditional favorites will be part of Richfield's Independence Day Celebration, which begins Saturday, June 29, and continues through Thursday, July 4.

The Miss Richfield Pageant will be Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. in the Richfield LDS Tabernacle.A patriotic musical program is planned at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Tabernacle, featuring Richfield native Richard Headlee of Farmington, Mich., as keynote speaker. He is president of the Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Co., a former national president of the Jaycees, and was campaign manager for former Michigan Gov. George Romney when he was a candidate for president of the United States.

The 23rd Army Band will perform a free concert Monday at 8 p.m. in the Tabernacle.

The newest innovation of the celebration will be a patriotic pageant titled "A Field of Stars." Performances will be Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Tabernacle.

A children's parade Wednesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street will be followed by another new event, "Family Night on the Park." It will include a family barbecue, a diaper derby and musical entertainment.

A Richfield High School alumni dance at the Youth Center will conclude Wednesday's events, sponsored by the Class of 1961.

July 4th will feature a variety of activities beginning with early morning cannonading. A childrens' one-mile run will begin at the city park at 7 a.m., and the Liberty 5K Fun-Run will begin at 7:30 a.m.

A parade at 10 a.m. will be followed by activities at the park. Childrens' races will be at noon and a fish grab at 1 p.m. Booths will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 4 events will move to the city swimming pool with races at 3 p.m. Free swimming will be offered following the races and until 8 p.m. A fireworks display west of the city will begin at 9:30 p.m., and events will conclude with a dance at the pool patio.

Rides and midway attractions will also be operating in the downtown business district.