Patriotic parade, program Thursday

Thousands in Gillespie County are expected to don their best reds, whites and blues for a downtown parade and program celebrating America’s Independence Day on Thursday, July 4.

July 4th patriotic parade

Main Street merchants are being urged to dress up their storefronts in patriotic themes as they play host to crowds of spectators gathering curbside for the 10 a.m. parade.

This year’s event is expected to be as big or bigger than ever, according to Daryl Whitworth, who organizes the all-volunteer run parade and who said there are nearly 100 entries signed up to participate.

 People, cars, trailers — anything, basically — that can carry a patriotic theme was eligible to enter the parade, for which the deadline was set at the end of the day on Tuesday, July 2.

More information for applicants is available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center, 302 East Austin Street.

The parade starts off at the intersection of Main and Adams streets, with entries turning right onto Main and heading eastbound before doing a U-turn in front of the Admiral Nimitz hotel (at the intersection of Main and Washington streets.)

From there, the parade route doubles back onto itself and travels westbound until it reaches Bowie Street, where it disbands. In the downtown area, there will be two sides of the parade travelling in opposite directions at the same time.

For more information on the parade, call Daryl Whitworth at 830-889-8875 or Helen McDonald at 830-992-2765.

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