Contestants battle in log rolling in Middle Harbor in 2017. (Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)

Petersburg’s Independence Day celebration gets started, Wednesday, July 3rd. The scrapfish derby starts things off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in North Harbor. A barbecue and the community fireworks display cap off the day’s events. In between, there’s a full afternoon of fun hosted by Petersburg’s Lighthouse Assembly of God Church on main street.

It’s the fourth year for the popular contests designed to test your dancing moves, eating ability and basketball skills.

Joe Viechnicki spoke with Nathan Lopez, that church’s pastor and an organizer of the day.

The community center celebration and Slavin memorial barbecue will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the community gym. The fireworks display starts at 11 p.m. at the ballfields.

The theme for Petersburg’s celebration this year is “Rock Your Freedom.” Main street will be closed to vehicles around 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday, July 3rd and 4th, booths will be open those days after 10 a.m.

For a preview of the fun on the schedule for tomorrow July 4th, Joe Viechnicki spoke with a couple of the event organizers, Parks and Recreation director Chandra Thornburg and the Chamber of Commerce’s Mara Lutomski.