homepage logo

All invited to Fourth of July parade and picnic

By Staff | Jun 20, 2016

The historic town of Shepherdstown will hold its annual Independence Day parade and community picnic on Saturday, July 4. Both events will be held rain or shine. Everyone is welcome at both events and admission will be free.

The parade and picnic are organized annually by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. The goal is to provide wholesome, family-oriented Fourth of July events that everyone can enjoy.

The parade will be held starting at 11 a.m. downtown. It will last about an hour.

Entries will include veteran’s groups, antique vehicles, local societies and organizations of all kinds, local businesses, government officials, children’s groups, animals, historical re-enactors, fire trucks and more.

Parade parking will be available in the Shepherd University parking lot at the edge of downtown on High Street.

The picnic will be held right after the parade, from noon to 3 p.m., in the pavilion at Morgan’s Grove Park on Kearneysville Pike (W.Va. 480) just southwest of town.

The picnic will feature live music, with two local bands. The Speakeasy Boys will play from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the Gypsy Ramblers will play from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

There will be lots of free children’s activities, including a scavenger hunt, a water balloon toss, face painting, a waterslide and more.

The Rotary Club will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and non-alcoholic beverages at reasonable prices. All proceeds from those sales are used to help cover event costs.

For more information go to the Rotary Club website at www.shepherdstownrotary.org/July_4_picnic or contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.