FRIEND, Ne. - The Town of Friend is getting ready for an Independence Day weekend like none other.

Not only will they celebrate the fourth, but the town is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the its founding. Christy Svehla is the organizer for the 150th festivities, and her town pride has poured into the planning of making the weekend memorable.

"The town of Friend is awesome," Svehla said. "I was born and raised here and I just have a huge heart for the town."

With COVID-19 halting many festivities a year ago, with this being the town’s 150th, Svehla knew this had to be big. In fact, even Gov. Ricketts declared a proclamation for July 4 as the official "Friend 150th Celebration."

"It's a big deal. Last year was kind of a dud with COVID, we didn't really have anything," Svehla said. "To have an excuse to have a really big celebration for having an awesome year, I think it's amazing."

The weekend will feature a number of events including car and tractor shows, the grand opening of the swimming pool, and even a concert. However, it will also include a number of Fourth of July traditions such as fireworks. Svehla said with the tradition of Independence Day celebrations in the town, this was a no brainer to celebrate the town's 150th on Fourth of July weekend.

"We knew this year was the 150th and Friend has always done an amazing job celebrating the fourth," Svehla said. "It's always been a big celebration, families always seem to come back for it, and with it being on Sunday, we were able to piggy back it and make events."