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Firefighter memorial to be dedicated Friday to start 4th of July
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The Platteville Firefighter Memorial will be dedicated Friday.

The Platteville firefighter memorial in City Park will be dedicated Friday morning to begin Platteville’s 4th of July Celebration.

The firefighter memorial commemorates past Platteville firefighters and particularly the three killed in the Forehand Block fire in 1919.

The ceremony, at 10 a.m., will kick off Platteville’s annual 4th of July, culminating in fireworks at Legion Park at dusk.

The first event, however, will be at 7:30 a.m. — the 5K Walk/Run and Youth Walk/Run, which will start and finish at the Rollo Jamison Museum, 405 E. Main St. Registration is $10, with the first 100 entrants getting a free T-shirt. To register, go to

The Jamison Museum will hold its annual Heritage Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum has a new exhibit, Platteville’s History in Architecture. Heritage Day will have a Miniature Motion: Toy Planes, Ships and Trucks exhibit, as well as a Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club collector car display and Hit and Miss engines and antique tractors. A mechanical music demonstration will be held.

Rountree Gallery will feature an art activity, and children’s games will be held. The Platteville Music Boosters will have a food stand.

Admission to the museum will be free, and admission to the Bevans Lead Mine and the train ride will be reduced in price.

The rest of the day’s events will be at Legion Field, including a bean bag tournament at 3 p.m. and kids’ inflatables at 4 p.m. Aquatic Hitchhikers will perform from 6 to 9:30 p.m., followed by the fireworks.

The rain date for the fireworks is Saturday.