Gervais gears up for annual Fourth of July parade, festival
Downtown Gervais will once again be the place to be for Independence Day this year, as the city's annual Fourth of July festival will provide a variety of activities and events leading up to the evening's firework display.
The celebration begins at noon with the annual parade, which loops throughout residential neighborhoods and around the downtown festival grounds. The route begins at Gervais High School, which opens the procession with a flag raising accompanied by Woodburn High School sophomore Priscila Arechiga singing the national anthem.
The parade heads north up Walnut Street following a trail of red, white and blue stars that were painted by volunteers a month prior, heading west along Ivy Avenue and south on Fifth Street before returning to the high school on Douglas Avenue.
The floats will feature a variety of entertainers, such as Matt Neill on the calliope, the Corral Creek Bluegrass Band, the Cascade Urban Cowboys, clowns, jugglers and more. Children who wish to participate in the parade are invited to gather at the high school at 11 a.m. to decorate their bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, strollers and other non-motorized vehicles in patriotic embellishments and ride along near the front of the parade.
Following the event, the real fun kicks off at 2 p.m. for the downtown festival.
Patrons are invited to the festival grounds along Fourth Street for kids games, food vendors, arts and crafts, bands from the parade and the high energy of DJ Doc Titus. The event will continue through the evening until the fireworks show at dusk, culminating in more live music in the beer garden to end the night.
Mount Angel also hosts parade, festivities
Festivities in Mount Angel will be similar to those seen in Gervais, with its Fourth of July parade starting things off at 11 a.m.
The parade begins at John F. Kennedy High School, then follows Marquam to Birch to Taylor to Garfield, disbanding on the south end of Garfield Street.
Fireworks will follow in the evening around 10 p.m., and they will be displayed over the athletic fields between the high school and middle school. The Marion County Citizens Band will also be back by popular demand.