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Tradition of the 4th of July Kids’ Parade Continues but With a New Name—Walk/Bike/Ride

By Betsy Barnett

2020-06-25 00:20:10

July 4, 2020 will mark the fourth annual 4th of July Kids’ Walk/Bike/Ride celebration hosted in Eads, CO this year by Women Empowered (W.E.), a local organization who works to support many community events and people in Kiowa County. Despite the slow opening from the State of Colorado for outdoor events, on the 18th Governor Polis relaxed the outdoor requirements which will allow the Walk/Bike/Ride event to go on with a few modifications.

Registration for the event starts at 9:45 a.m. at the east end of City Park between the park and the courthouse. The Walk/Bike/Ride will start at 10:15 a.m. at the west end of City Park. The parade route will be north down Maine Street, turn east on 12th Street in front of Crow’s Stop & Shop Grocery Store, then a right heading south onto Goff Street, and then finish at the City Park for more festivities. Participants can be from ages zero to 12 and bring tricycles, bicycles, scooters, hoverboards, skates, skateboards, wagons, strollers, Power Wheels, golf carts, and small ATVs.

This year, because of COVID-19 precautions the celebration will be shortened in time and activities. Women Empowered will not be able to host the water events, inflatables, corn hole tournament, rock wall, etc. However, there will be a surprise water activity for all ages at the end of the parade (come to find out what it is).

New this year, Women Empowered have paired with The Kiowa County Fire Protection District to host a FREE appreciation lunch for healthcare workers, veterans, and all first responders. This lunch is for the entire community to enjoy. Lunch will be served at 11am. To-go orders will available.

In addition, there will be a contest for Mr. and Miss 4th of July! The winners of this will be based on how creative their sidewalk vehicle is decorated as well as their outfit! There will be prizes for the winners, as well. We love seeing how patriotic our community can be!

Women Empowered are so thankful for the continued community support of this special event as they navigate appropriate restrictions while still letting our community enjoy some fellowship and fun.

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