Racine celebrating Fourth of July on July 5th this year
Racine will celebrate the Fourth of July on July 5th this year.
The annual community wide celebration of Independence Day is being pushed back a day this year because July 4th lands on Sunday. Out of respect for religious services, the parade and fireworks will be held on Monday, July 5th.
The theme for this year's parade is "Our Family Reunion." This year’s honorary Parade Marshalls will be the Nick Maragos Family, including Nick, Cindy and their two sons, Chris (of Badger football fame - lower right) and Troy.
Individuals and groups wishing to be in the 74th annual parade with an entry can pick up applications at Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC), 300 Fifth
St.; Hugs & Kisses, 3215 Douglas Ave.; Sew’n Save, 3701 Durand Ave.; Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St.; and the Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, 800 Center St. Applications are also available for download athttp://www.racine4thfest.org
Applications must be returned by May 28 and include proof of insurance for all m
otor vehicles and drivers. There is a $100 fee for all commercial entries, payable when the application is returned.
The annual fireworks display along the lakefront begins at dusk on July 5. The fireworks are sponsored by the Fourth Fest of Greater Racine, the City of Racine, Boucher Automotive and Racine-area Citgo stations.
Here's a few things to look forward to in this year's parade:
1. The University of Wisconsin Badger Marching Band (lower left) will be in the parade (and do a post-parade performance on Monument Square).
2. This year’s Mr. Fourth Fest is Jerry Buck, who for many years has played the calliope in the parade.
3. There will be a “House Decorating Contest,” with awards going to the most patriotically-adorned house along the parade route (with an award to a house north of the bridge and one south of the bridge).
Set your calendars for July 5th for this exciting community event!