Saturday, July 4, 2020

A guide to today's Independence Day events in Racine County

From The Journal

RACINE COUNTY — Despite the pandemic, Racine County is still celebrating Independence Day. Following is a guide to what’s happening across the county today.

In Racine

9-9:04 a.m.: Churches ring their bells in what 4th Fest of Greater Racine is calling “Let Freedom Ring.”
10 a.m.: Watch last year’s big 4th Fest parade on WVTV (My 24).
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 4th Fest neighborhood parade winds its way through the north side and south side of Racine and then heads west to Festival Foods, 5740 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, which is the major sponsor for the parade.
The parade route is not being published to keep crowds from gathering.
Traditionally, 4th Fest’s calliope, an organ that plays festive circus-type music, is always the last float in the parade. This year the calliope will be at the front of the parade, so that when people hear it they will know the parade is in their neighborhood.
The parade will also feature World War II and Vietnam veterans to be honored, and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
After making its stop at Festival Foods, the parade will head on to Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park in Franksville at about 2:30 p.m. and plans to be at Crawford Park in Caledonia at about 3:30 p.m.
The fest is also hosting a community-wide house decorating contest for anyone east of Interstate 94. Judges and sponsors were set to view the houses on Friday and to announce winners sometime during the holiday weekend.

"The parade route is not being published to keep crowds from gathering."
What's the point of a parade?  It's to be seen and enjoyed by people.  Keeping the parade route secret destroys the purpose of the parade.  Won't traffic find it fun when this parade suddenly appears.

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