The 4th of July Kids’ Parade is coming to Eads on Monday, July 4th and is proving to be a great amount of fun for all area kids. Many sponsors have been generously working with the organizers in order to treat the children and their families to a fun time of celebrating our community and the independence of the country.
The Kids’ Parade has become a highlight event for the community as many people show up to see the children parade down Maine Street in all their patriotic glory.
According to this year’s organizers Jami Lane and Tristen Sheridan, the celebration will look much like it has in the past as not only will there be a Kids’ Parade but also free food, free games and lots of fun at the Eads City Park afterwards. Many prizes and free gifts will be given as according to Lane, “The sponsors this year have been amazingly generous!”
The event organizers encourage any and every child from the area from ages Birth to 12 years to join in the parade that starts at the Eads City Park at the intersection of 14th Street and Maine Street. The parade begins promptly at 10 AM with registration for the parade and celebration beginning at 9 AM at the park.
The parade route will go in a rectangular pattern starting at the park on 14th Street. At the start they will go down Maine Street heading north down to 12th Street. Most people line up along these two blocks on Maine Street to cheer the children on. The parade will then turn right on 12th Street and will head east to Goff Street where they will then turn right again and head back south towards 12th Street and the City Park.
The children will be organized into six groups for the parade in order to accommodate their various abilities and speed. Categories include Birth to 3 years; 4-6 years; 7-9 years; 10-12 years; and the power wheels and ATV category.
Organizers hope the children will show up in all their Red, White and Blue glory celebrating not only our country’s birthday but also our military and first-responder personnel.
After the parade everyone is invited to celebrate together in the park area. Helpers will be providing lots of games, activities, and food for everyone. There will be a cornhole contest, as well. The fun is scheduled to go from 10:30 to 1:00 pm.
After everything we have been through in the past couple of years it is a nice feeling that the community is excited to get together, show off their children, and then enjoy the summer day with good friends and family. Do yourself a favor and come out to cheer on the kids. They will make your day—most likely—your year!
If you want to volunteer to help the committee or if you have questions concerning the event, please call Jami Lane at (719) 931-2827 or Tristen Sheridan at (719) 931-2581.