aka Independence Day: Anyone can help in the celebration

Graduation’s past, school’s about to let out, what’s next?

July 4 is next.

Aka Independence Day, the holiday is less than a month away.

Why think about it now?

Because the occasion is more than the fun and frivolity, but if those events help us focus on the reasons we observe Independence Day, then it’s best to put an emphasis on the parade, picnic and pyrotechnics.

The public can play a role, big or small, making the Hood River July 4 celebration ring true.

For starters, the parade (10 a.m. on July 4) is open to all, and this year’s theme of the parade is “Proud to be an American.” Tom Yates and the July 4 committee are working with Chamber of Commerce Director Mike Glover to organize post-parade park entertainment, where festivities kick off with the raising of the American flag.

There are plenty of other ways to get involved, be it with the parade or park activities. It takes plenty of volunteers to make these things happen, and if someone’s recent statement that “being in the parade is more fun than watching it,” then perhaps the same might be said of helping organize it.

There will be some changes this year in the order of children, cars, horses and other parade elements. Yates can be reached at 541-386-7212.

Thanks in advance to Yates, and to all those who step up to make it all happen for the community to enjoy.

Meanwhile, it is not too early to make a donation to the Eye Openers Lions Club for the fireworks show, which seems to get better every year but depends upon community donations.

Send your tax-deductible donations to: Lions Fireworks, 1761 12th St. No. 136, Hood River, OR 97031.

We all have to buy the blasts.

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