Standing along the street watching a parade is a colorful memory of my childhood. I remember hearing the music and feeling as if the drums were beating within my body. There is something about a parade that brings excitement, feelings of patriotism and community to all of us.
This year, the Central PA 4th Fest parade, sponsored by the Centre Daily Times and AccuWeather, will begin at 2 p.m. at the State College Municipal Building. The parade will pass through downtown State College, cross the PSU campus and end at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Independence Day Parade celebrates our community and the people, including emergency services, community groups, the arts and more, according to the 4th Fest website. The parade committee uses it as a platform to recognize the heroes of central Pennsylvania as well.
The heroes selected to participate in the parade will be given a commemorative plaque and transported along the parade route with their name and town highlighted on banners. Nominees not selected to be in the parade receive honorable mentions and a certificate thanking them for their service to their community and country.
Frank Savino, executive director of Central PA 4th Fest said in an email, “There is a large U.S. flag to be raised between Moyer Jeweler building and The Corner Room. The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. sharp and there are approximately 100 units in the parade.”
Savino also listed a number of this year’s parade participants:
* Curwensville High and Junior High marching bands will perform on Allen Street;
* Performance by the Nittany Highlands Pipe Band;
* BMX bike demo;
* The salute to veterans will be near the front of the parade;
* Multiple first responders will appear throughout;
* Parade viewers will see five large helium balloons sponsored by AccuWeather;
* Hershey Horses drawn by four large show horses:
* Featured youth group is the FFA who will be passing out U.S. flags and leading the “Pledge of Allegiance” immediately before the fireworks; and
* Many politicians and candidates.
The start of the parade will coincide with the ringing of bells. Many communities across the United States are asking their churches to ring their bells on July 4th to help remind people to remember the blessings we enjoy in America.
The ringing of bells may go back to the time in Boston when bells were rung to alert people to the British advance or to the inscription on the Liberty Bell. The inscription is from Leviticus 25:10 and reads, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
Listen at 2 p.m. on July 4, when our own local churches will ring out the sound of freedom and join your friends and neighbors for 4th Fest 2019.