IRON RIVER - The West Iron County Independence Day celebration will be held Friday, July 4
Parade registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the west side of the West Iron County High School. Members of the auxiliary units of the American Legion Posts No. 17 (Iron River) and No. 21 (Old Stambaugh), as well as VFW Post No. 3134 will be on hand to help with registration.
Parade units will form on the south side parking area of the high school. The parade committee requests that all units use the street between the school and Kermit's Bar as the main entrance to the parking lot.
The parade will leave at 10 a.m., with mass colors of the veterans organizations. Due to road construction on Genesee Street, the parade will proceed through Old Stambaugh, down Stambaugh hill to U.S. 2, and proceed up U.S. 2 to the Windsor Center, where the parade will disband.
"Everyone is urged to enter their unit in the 4th of July parade and show their patriotism," a spokesperson said.
Anticipated units in line of march will by the Michigan National Guard, U.S. Veterans, Boy and Girl Scout units, antique vehicles, decorated floats, bicycles, area fire departments, and local organizations and businesses.
Right after the parade, those veterans riding on the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam floats will be dropped off and await pickup at the Windsor Center. The parade committee asks that necessary arrangements for pickup of veterans be made.
Bob Black will be the parade announcer. This years parade marshals will be Harold and Marcia Barnhardt. Harold served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1945. Following his discharge, he became a history and social studies teacher, football coach, Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, and the first president of the Iron County Historical and Museum Society. Marcia has served as an English teacher, free lance writer for local newspapers, researcher and editor of over 20 books on local history and the director of the first Iron County Historical Site Survey. The Barnhardt's are dedicated to mentoring and guiding youth, as well as preserving the community's rich history and culture.
Due to ever increasing costs for fireworks and insurance, the Pom Pom Girls will be canvassing the crowd to solicit donations.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: adult, youth and non-profit organizations, commercial/industrial, municipal, decorated bikes, antique vehicles, tractors, individual horse and group, and comic individual and group.
Following the parade there will be games and free ice cream for all children at the West Iron County Fire Department station on Ninth Street in Iron River.
Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. on the night of July 4, under the supervision of West Iron County Fire Chief Alfred Perlongo and his volunteer firefighters. If there is inclement weather, fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. on the night of July 5.
Anyone interested in making a donation to help defray the ever increasing costs of fireworks can mail donations to West Side Veterans Council, P.O. Box 433, Iron River, MI 49935, or leave a donation with any of the veterans organizations.