Grand Island Boulevard will close at 8:45 a.m. Friday for a series of Independence Day events.
First is the 2.3-mile Dick Bessel Independence Day Run, which also includes a race walk and kids dash. The kids dash, for ages 4 to 9, begins at 9; the run and race walk at 9:15.
The town’s annual Fourth of July Parade will follow.
Deadline to register for the race is Tuesday. Register online at www.score-this.com.
• My Cousin Tone will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion Klingel Town Common, as part of the 2014 Summer Band Concert season. The event is free and families are welcome.
• Mallwitz’s Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Road, will host its Fourth Annual Grand Reunion, an over-21 outdoor event, at 6 p.m. Thursday. All Grand Island High School alumni and their families are invited. The general public also is welcome. There is no cover charge. Music by Wide Right begins at 7.
• The Rock on the River Concert Series continues Friday evening at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa, 100 Whitehaven Road. In addition to music by the Scott Celani Band, there will be concessions for beer and summer food favorites. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.