There is still time to sign up for the Gleneden Beach Independence Day Parade, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a cavalcade of color on Thursday, July 4.
“We are grateful to all those who continue to help make this parade an incredible experience year after year and invite you back to celebrate one of the best years yet,” said organizer Wilda Larsen. “Gleneden Beach is a magical place to live, work and visit. Please join us on Thursday, July 4th, in ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Fun!’”
Starting at 1 pm, the parade will make its way along Gleneden Beach Loop, featuring everything from musicians and clowns to unicycles and electric cars. This year’s honorees include Officer Nix, Lincoln City Police Department’s new K9 unit; Business of the Year, Chester’s Thriftway; and veterans of the Korean War and World War II.
Parade watchers can start the day off with breakfast at the Gleneden Beach Community Club from 8 am to 11 am. For more details, go to www.glenedencommunityclub.org.
From 10 am to 3 pm, a vendor fair will offer local food, crafts and specialty items, with booths in the Eden Hall parking lot and at various locations along the parade route.
The Red Roof Café will host live music beginning at 11 am; and Blake’s Coastal Nursery will have a Kid Zone set up to entertain the little ones.
A 50-50 raffle will offer the chance to get in the running for a cash prize, with the other half of the pot going toward Lincoln City’s K9 unit.
Shuttle busses will run from 9 am to 3 pm, picking up at Salishan Pro Shop, Gleneden Beach State Park or Gleneden Beach Airport and dropping off at the parade bandstand.
Commemorative T-shirts are available for purchase at the Red Roof and Side Door Café.
For more information, go to www.glenedenbeachparade.com.