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4th of July Parade in Troy, Ohio

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      July 3rd, 2011
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4th of July Parade

9am in Troy, Ohio

Article provide by Stephen Larck,
President - Miami Valley Veterans Museum

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The Miami Valley Veterans Museum in conjunction with the Independence Day Celebration Association is proud to present the Annual Miami County July 4th Parade. This year’s parade will be taking a trip back in time! As some residents of Miami County are aware, the Adams Street bridge in Troy, a staple for the July 4th parade, will be closed for construction beginning immediately after the Troy Strawberry Festival this year. Discussions with the City of Troy regarding access through the downtown area, and train schedules, prompted us to find an alternate route, leaving the main access roads clear of the parade route to ensure access for city emergency vehicles.

This closure has, however, forced the association to re-think its normal route. What the association has decided to do is to use part of the original parade route of the 60’s and 70’s, and we are inviting the community to jump on the band wagon… or float. We are asking those nostalgia loving Soap Box Derby racers to bring out their cars and put them in the parade in honor of the Soap Box Derby Hill that we will be crossing. For you younger generations, this would be Drury Road. This would be a wonderful opportunity for families to “relive” some of the special moments of the past and share those with the generations not familiar with the Soap Box Derby tradition. We’re also inviting those along the parade route to decorate their home in red, white, and blue to honor our brave men and women of our military.

This years parade will start promptly at 9:00 am. Decorate your bikes, floats, vintage cars or walk in the parade. Blast your patriotic music from your unit and show your patriotism. The parade route this year will begin at W. West St. and Ridge Ave (in front of PMI/Hobart). It will then head north on Ridge Ave. and then right (heading east) on Race Street. It will then turn right (heading south) onto Grant Avenue, and finally ending at the intersection of Plum and Grant. If you would like to be involved in this years parade either as a participant, volunteer or a sponsor please visit our website www.celebratejuly4th.org or call 937-451-1455 to obtain an application or information. We will be accepting applications for the parade as well as Grand Marshall nominations until June 22nd , 2011.

This parade is to honor the sacrifices made by the men and women of our country that gave us the freedoms and democracy we have today. The association is kindly asking for your support of the Miami County July 4th parade under these unusual changes.
We look forward to a wonderful parade this year and hope to see you there!





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