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Parade to celebrate Independence Day


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The annual Fourth of July Parade will be held in East Durham on Saturday. Pictured is a marcher in last year’s parade. File photo

DURHAM — Independence Day will be on Tuesday, but the town of Durham will be celebrating the festivities a few days early and is ready to party.

The annual Fourth of July Parade, hosted by the Town of Durham Task Force, will step off this Saturday, July 1, beginning at 11 a.m., with marchers lining up at 10:30 a.m. on Route 145.

This will be the event’s 27th year.

The parade route will travel down Route 145 and County Route 20.

Afterwards, there will be food, fun and activities at the Irish Cultural Center on Route 145.

“Please join us for a free fun family event at the Michael J. Quill Cultural Center for ice cream, hot dogs and soda,” said Durham Task Force member Rita Goff. “There will be a ‘bounce around’ for kids and fireworks at dusk.”

Each year, the parade draws hundreds of spectators who line the streets and cheer on the marchers, waving flags and wearing patriotic gear.

The fireworks show will begin at around 9 p.m.

All are invited to this free community event.

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