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SoVaNow.com / June 05, 2013The birthday of our great nation is rapidly approaching and plans are under way for the fifth annual Fourth of July Parade. Building on several years of great support, this year’s event promises to be the best yet, as the town and surrounding communities celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th this year with the traditional patriotic parade. The parade will again be followed by a free hot dog lunch and great music sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans for all participants and spectators.
“Each year we try to add a new dimension to this special event,” stated Charles Lee, chair of the Parade Committee. “This year our veterans and many other participants will have the opportunity to enjoy their lunch inside the building that houses the Ruritan Thrift Shop, where the popular Clarksville Country Band, sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, will entertain all who join us in celebrating this significant event in our nation’s history. The Thrift Shop will also be open for business during the celebration.”
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bank of America parking lot on Virginia Avenue and end in the Wells-Fargo parking lot, where hotdogs and drinks will be served. Virginia Avenue will again be closed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from the Bridge to Ninth Street. Inflatable rides and attractions will be available for youth of all ages (except the very young) in the grassy area adjacent to the Thrift Shop Building, courtesy of property owner Anne Gordon.
“Our emphasis continues to be on having a traditional small-town celebration of our nation’s birthday,” Lee commented. “We have been very pleased with the enthusiastic participation by youth with decorated bikes, wagons, and strollers, as well as the many golf carts whose decorations call attention to America’s birthday. We believe the participation by our community’s young citizens will help them better understand and appreciate our nation’s beginning and, perhaps even more importantly, the significance and duty of honoring those who have been willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us. This is a special opportunity to reflect on what this day means to each of us, and to enjoy visiting with family and friends.”
Area youth, and all who are young at heart, will find free streamers, balloons and other decorations available to adorn their bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers in red, white and blue at the Bank of America parking lot on Virginia Avenue, across from Dollar General, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Thanks to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, the largest flag in the region will again be waving proudly over Virginia Avenue. The very popular antique tractors and trucks from the Halifax Heritage Festival are expected to make a repeat appearance, as will the Shriner’s Motor Corps. Golf carts, antique cars, floats, fire trucks and bands will be welcome as long as they display a patriotic theme. Area businesses, churches, and other organizations are again urged to join the celebration by sponsoring floats with the parade theme.
All participants are reminded that candy throwing, while enjoyed by spectators of all ages, puts children at risk of being hit by moving vehicles. Candy may not be thrown from an entry, but an individual may walk along and hand out candy or favors directly to spectators.
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