The Shoals Ruritan Club will be focusing on traditional favorite activities this year at its annual Fourth of July parade and community gathering, with plenty of food, fellowship and fireworks on hand for all.
The evening event will kick off on Monday, July 4, with a community parade. All residents are invited to participate or to come out and watch. Line-up with instructions will begin at 5 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church. There is no fee for participation and advance registration is not required.
“Everybody is welcome,” Shoals Ruritan representative Wallye Jones noted. “We’re hoping to see floats, all kinds of vehicles, bikes, walkers, golf carts and horses taking part. We’re hoping for some nice floats and all our area fire departments are invited to take part.”
A featured highlight of the parade will be the annual veterans’ float, with all veterans encouraged to ride on the float.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m., with participants waving to residents and distributing candy as the procession makes its way down Shoals Road to the Shoals Community Recreation Center. Upon arrival at the center, parade participants will join those in attendance for a variety of activities. A patriotic ceremony will include the presentation of colors followed by the recognition of all veterans on hand.
Later, club members will continue an Independence Day community tradition by offering hot dogs and cold drinks for purchase. Tickets will also be sold throughout the evening for a 50/50 giveaway, with the winning name to be drawn at 8:30.
In another Shoals tradition, the evening will end with a large fireworks display at dusk. The display will again be overseen by licensed fireworks technician Ricky Bowen.
“The Shoals Ruritan Club feels it is important that we do this for our community,” Jones noted, “especially for Independence Day.”
“We look forward to this and enjoy doing it,” she continued. “It’s an opportunity for us to do something to bring the community together and we get to join in with them. It’s amazing the number of people that look forward every year to coming out and taking part in this.”