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Parade, picnic set for July 4

By Staff | Jul 3, 2009

Parade participants carry a giant American Flag down German Street in a previous year's Independence Day Parade.

Everyone is invited to this year’s Independence Day parade and community picnic in Shepherdstown on July 4.

This year’s parade will have a new time and route, and the picnic will have a new venue.

The parade will step off at 3 p.m. at the top of German Street and proceed all the way to the Rumsey Memorial Park on Mill Street.

The picnic will be held right afterwards at the Rumsey Park, and last until 9 p.m.

Admission to the picnic will be free. Those who come will be able to bring their own food and beverages or buy a wide variety of food and beverage items there.

The afternoon portion of the picnic will feature many different children’s activities, including a watermelon-eating contest, various races and competitions, a fun-room bounce, and a puppet show by Joe Santoro and his Wonderment Puppets.

The evening will feature musical entertainment, with the Speakeasy Boys performing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Rudy and the Blue Fish performing from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Because parking at the Park is very limited, picnic goers will be asked to park in the Shepherd University parking lot at the intersection of Princess and High Streets and walk the two blocks to the Park.

Shuttle service between the parking lot and the Park will be provided for those who need it.

This is the third year for the parade and picnic, which were initiated in 2007 by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown to provide a wholesome, family-oriented, local Fourth of July celebration.

This year the Shepherdstown Parks and Recreation Committee is joining in cosponsoring the two events, and the events are also aimed at showcasing improvements that have been undertaken this spring at the Rumsey Park.

For more information, contact Carl Moore at (304) 876-6176 or cvmoore@frontiernet.net.