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Celebrating Freedom on Route 66
July 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The 137th Independence Day Parade – “Celebrating Freedom on Route 66” begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4th. This celebration began in 1879 and remains the oldest, continuous west of the Mississippi River. The earliest celebrations were composed largely of local families traveling by foot, horseback, and wagons to a large grove just north of town to enjoy the day with friends and neighbors. People would gather together early to clear the underbrush, preparing and smoothing the grounds for lemonade, soda pop, popcorn, crackerjacks, and candy stands. Wood was also cut and hauled to a huge pit where beef, pork, and chicken were roasted for the celebration. Although many years have passed, family, friends, and neighbors still travel to Marshfield to enjoy this Independence Day celebration, eat a corn dog or a sandwich from one of the many food vendors, and have an ice cold lemonade or soda pop similar to those early celebrations. To participate in the parade please visit the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.discovermarshfield.com, and click on Partner/Forms to fill out the online waiver. There is no fee to participate in the parade. Vendor applications can also be found on the website. Price: Free