History on Parade!

Ordinarily, just being mentioned in the Laurel Leader is both an honor and a treat. Being featured on the cover this week is a whole other ballgame! Our profound thanks to Andrew Michaels for a wonderful write-up!

So, why are we in the news, anyway? Well, that’s the even bigger honor—we’ve been named Grand Marshals for this year’s 4th of July parade!

With the theme focusing on Laurel’s history, we’re grateful that the Laurel 4th of July Committee thought enough of our work to put us front and center. For three guys who eat, sleep and breathe Laurel history, it really is an honor to take part in this tradition.

The weather promises to be great, so we hope you’ll come out to watch the parade! It’s this Saturday, July 2. The parade begins on Montgomery Street at 11AM, turning onto Fourth Street and ending at Cherry Lane. There will be a judges stand at Domer Court, just behind Laurel Shopping Center.

We’ll have the privilege of riding in one of the rarest vehicles around—this gorgeous 1940 Plymouth pickup owned by Jerry Seitz.

Jerry’s truck will also be at the car show on Mulberry Street following the parade, as will Mike Templeton‘s beautiful 1956 Chevy Bel Air convertible, (our Main Street Festival Parade ride!) and many others.

A complete rundown of events is posted below, per the Laurel Leader. We hope to see all of you out there enjoying the festivities!

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Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 2, 2016

9AM Parade lineup at Sixth and Montgomery Streets. Antique and classic cars line up in parking lot behind McCullough Field.

11AM  Parade begins; judges stand at Domer Court. Parade route is Montgomery Street to Fourth Street, ending at Cherry Lane. Horseshoe contest begins at Granville Gude Park. Food and craft vendors open through conclusion of fireworks. Car show registration begins at Mulberry Street, between Lowe’s and Holiday Inn Express.

Noon  Car show begins.

2 PM  Reading of parade awards and acknowledgments.

3 PM  Field events begin, hosted by Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation.

3:15 PM  Grand opening, flag raising, pledge and national anthem. Invocation by the Rev. Warren Litchfield.

3:30 PM  Hot dog eating contest registration begins; car show ends.

4 PM  Hot dog eating contest begins.

5:15 PM  Music by Oracle.

7 PM  Welcome and introduction by Mayor Craig Moe and city council.

7:15 PM  Acknowledgments and committee awards.

7:30 PM  Music by Oracle.

9:15 PM  Fireworks from the lake.

All times are approximate.
No alcohol, sparklers, fireworks, or pets are permitted at the celebration. Service animals are allowed.