The Hannibal of yesteryear memorialized in the writings of Mark Twain evoke a sense of peaceful pleasantries punctuated by mischievous fun.

The Hannibal of yesteryear memorialized in the writings of Mark Twain evoke a sense of peaceful pleasantries punctuated by mischievous fun.

The same vibe can be felt from July 1 through July 5 as National Tom Sawyer Days events take place in Hannibal. Several events will bring visitors right back to the 1800s, when Mark Twain and the fictional Tom Sawyer wandered the streets, including the frog jumping contest, tricycle races and fence painting contest.

The multi-day affair, now in its 60th year, features many events beginning Wednesday, July 1 with the carnival that runs through July 4 on S. Main St.

If physical activity is more your thing, the Y Men’s Volleyball tournaments draw a strong crowd each year for the youth tournament on Thursday and adult contests Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Independence Day kicks off with the running of the Hannibal Cannibal, drawing runners from around the country to participate in the challenging, hilly course around Hannibal.

The Fourth of July Parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, will benefit the St. Jude’s Run. One of the marquee events will take place noon Saturday in Central Park with the naming of the official Tom & Becky, an honor that dates back to 1959.

Conclude the evening with an impressive fireworks display, shot from Lover’s Leap. The night sky lights up near dusk.

Live entertainment will take place Thursday through Saturday at Tanyard Gardens near S. Third St. and Lyon St. A variety of acts are scheduled.

“This is the absolute best time of the year to be in Hannibal and we hope you enjoy your stay,” Tom Sawyer Days Chairmen Chris Harsell and Christopher Powell said.

For a complete schedule, see the Thursday and Friday Courier-Post or visit www.hannibaljaycees.org .

Reach editor Eric Dundon at eric.dundon@courierpost.com .