Le Mars Fourth of July parade and picnic returns after two year hiatus

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

LE MARS — Entries for the Le Mars 2022 Fourth of July parade are needed by Monday, June 27.

Due to new parade rules established by the City of Le Mars, all entries must be registered in advance. Julie Arens of Le Mars is coordinating the parade entries.

Le Mars has been without a parade and a Fourth of July picnic lunch for the past two years, largely due to COVID.

Anyone wishing to enter the 2022 parade, scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, July 4, should contact Arens at, (712) 539-8661 or e-mail juliearens58@gmail.com. Entries may be mailed to Julie Arens, 1221 Seventh Ave. S.E., Le Mars, Iowa 51031.

Arens, Plymouth County Historical Museum board of directors treasurer, is also helping museum board members plan a lunch following the parade. The Fourth of July picnic-style meal will be open to the public.

Sponsors are now being secured in the business community for anyone who would like to help the museum support the Fourth of July parade and picnic.

Anyone interested may contact Arens or Judy Bowman, museum administrator at 539-0223.

For many years, the Le Mars American Legion was in charge of the Fourth of July parade, which traveled from the Eighth Street Boulevard to the Veterans’ Memorial Park on the former Westmar campus. The legion hosted a lunch for the community at the Convention Center.

When the American Legion no longer sponsored the parade and lunch, the Fourth of July Friends stepped up to sponsor the parade, with the Plymouth County Historical Museum offering the lunch right after the parade.

The late Glada Koerselman was instrumental in saving the Fourth of July celebration for the community by forming the Friends of the Fourth.

Now the Friends of the Fourth group is adding members to help with the parade and luncheon. In addition to Arens, others serving on the Friends of the Fourth Committee are Sue Ashenfelter, Bowman, Ricci Even, and Margaret Henrich. More members are needed to help with the parade.

The parade will travel from Sixth Street N.E. near O’Toole Park, south on Central Avenue through downtown, turn west at Third Street S.W. and end at the Plymouth County Historical Museum.

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