Fourth of July Parade and Riverside Park activities

This summer marks the 13th anniversary of the Annual Fourth of July Parade and Riverside Park activities.

Entries for this year’s parade, including floats, marching bands and horse-drawn buggies, are still being sought. The Fourth of July Committee members are urging anyone interested in joining the parade to register as soon as possible with Mark Ahner, Fourth of July Parade coordinator, at (406) 853-4005. However, Ahner said that entries would even be taken the morning of the parade if people show up at the registration desk located on the corner of North Montana and Leighton Boulevard.

There is no registration fee to participate in this year’s parade. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4. Parade entrants will start lining up at 10 a.m. by the Historic Miles City Academy (formerly the Ursuline Convent) at 1411 Leighton Blvd. The parade will travel down North Montana Avenue to Main Street, turn right on Main Street and continue west to Riverside Park.

Just before the parade starts, members of Boy Scout Troop No. 208 will hand out 200 small United States flags and 300 larger flags to parade spectators along Main Street. The small flags are provided by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary members and the larger flags are provided by Steadman’s Ace Hardware.

The parade theme is “Patriotic Down Home Values and Country Heritage.” Entries in the parade may include floats, cars, wagons, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, any and all music, walking with children and pets, horses, sheep, mules, goats and individuals wearing costumes of all sorts and color.

As in the past, there will be a parade entry contest. The criteria for the entries are:

Originality of entry

Construction effort

Audience appeal

Following the theme of the parade.

Community First Federal Credit Union, First Interstate Bank, Stockman Bank and US Bank have donated the first, second, third and fourth place awards for the parade entries.

The Sixth Annual Best of Bike Contest is a people-powered bicycle decorating event. There is no fee to enter and there is no age limit. The criteria for this competition are the same as for the parade entries.

The Best of Bike contestants are asked to ride in the parade. However, those who are too young or for some other reason cannot ride in the parade may go ahead and park their entries in the Bicycle Corral in Riverside Park. Those attending the Fourth of July activities in Riverside Park after the parade will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite decorated bicycles at the corral. Pedal Power Sports has donated the first place award. The American Legion Auxiliary members are contributing the second place award and Taco John’s is sponsoring the third place award. All participants will receive treat tokens from Dairy Queen in Miles City.

Parade committee members also are asking anyone with classic cars to join the parade and then participate in the People’s Choice vote in Riverside Park. Each participant will have a number displayed on his or her vehicle in the park so the public can vote for the People’s Choice Award. Community members are asked to pick up ballots at the check-in table at the park and return them there when they have made their choices. Miles City Motor Supply is sponsoring the first place award, Carquest Auto Parks is contributing the second place award and the third place award is being sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts.

The Parade Entry Contest and Best of Bike Contest winners will be announced and awards will be presented at the Riverside Park Gazebo at 12:30 p.m. July 4. This will be followed by the announcing of the Marine Corps fundraiser winner. The winners of the Classic Car People’s Choice Awards will then be announced. After the prizes have been awarded, live music will be performed by community members.

Activities in Riverside Park after the parade will include Wake Up and Lace Up serving hamburgers and hot dogs. There also will be a bounce house for children, sponsored by the Community Baptist Church; and fund raising booths by several local groups include Living Way Fellowship youth who are raising funds for a water project in Haiti, the Girl Scouts who are planning to purchase Kindles for the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center and the Badlands Brawlers raising money for their roller skating club activities.

Following the Fourth of July activities, parade committee members are urging residents of Miles City and the surrounding area to assist in cleaning up Riverside Park starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

For more information about setting up booths in Riverside Park during the July 4 activities or to register for the Fourth of July Parade, call Ahner at (406) 853-4005.