Monticello plans for Fourth of July

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Staff report

     The City of Monticello is busy preparing for the annual Fourth of July festivities this year!

     As always, the events will be held on Wednesday, July 4, beginning with the Monticello Firemen’s Breakfast at the Berndes Center at the fairgrounds. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

     Then, find a prime spot along the parade route for the much-anticipated Fourth of July Parade. This year’s theme is “Marching Toward Success.” The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., beginning and ending at the fairgrounds.

     The parade typically lasts about an hour and a half. It travels west on Seventh Street, south on Sycamore Street, east on First Street, north on Elm Street, west on Second Street and back to the fairgrounds north on Maple Street.

     The parade committee does have some rules regarding the parade: No water thrown or squirted into the crowd. No semi trailers in the parade. Larger parade entries are recommended to have a spotter, or someone following the float/entry. No one under the age of 12 should operate motorized machinery. Horse riders under the age of 12 must have a spotter as well.

     Those wishing to take part in the parade are asked to line up along Maple Street. Line-up starts at the Berndes Center entrance and heads north to 11th St. The best way to line up is to go to 9th or 10th St. and head to Maple St. to get in line. Placement is on a first-come-first-served basis.

     The grand marshal(s) will be revealed the day of the parade. Those also leading the celebration will be the Monticello Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement honoree and Community Pride awardees: Tom Yeoman, Lifetime Achievement; Lloyd Welter, Bipsy & Bopsy Boutique, Animal Welfare Friends, and Hillside Sports Bar & Grill, all Community Pride.

     Following the parade, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Monticello Heritage Center will be open for free tours. The center is located at 211 N. Sycamore St.

     There will be live music outside the museum, which highlights the history of Monticello through photographs and changing exhibits.

     The ever-popular fireworks show will go off at dusk at the city park (fairgrounds). The fireworks are provided by the Monticello Fire Department. (In the event of rain, the fireworks show will be held on Thursday, July 5.)

     All of the events throughout the Fourth of July, with the exception of the firemen’s breakfast, are free to the public.

     For more information, contact the Monticello Chamber at 319-465-5626.

 

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