Parade leads off 4th of July in Le Mars
LE MARS - Fourth of July in all its patriotic colors will be back in Le Mars this year for the first time in two years. “Freedom!” will be the theme, and a family of Ukrainians will be featured throughout the day.
The Monday holiday will begin at 11 a.m. with a Fourth of July parade in downtown Le Mars, sponsored for the first time by the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Helping are the Friends of the Fourth, an informal group that has been promoting the parade for several years. Due to COVID, however, the parade was sidelined in 2020 and 2021.
This year’s parade will line up on the east side of O’Toole Park on First Ave. NE, then continue to 6th St. NE, travel south on Central Avenue, through downtown, and west onto Third Street, ending at the Museum.
Riding in the parade will be Ukrainian natives Alex and Nataliya Turkinov of the Sioux City area, along with their children, daughter Yeva, 17; daughter Maria, 8; and son Matthew, 4. Also joining the family will be Alex’s mother, Nataliya, who recently escaped the war in Ukraine. Her husband remains in the war-ravaged country.
The family will be speaking at the Museum about the war in Ukraine beginning at 2 p.m. in the Music Room. Admission to the program will be free.
Following the parade, members of the Museum Board of Directors and other volunteers will be grilling a picnic lunch, which will be available to the public in the Museum’s air-conditioned “Old Central” Gym. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Museum in its effort to save the Fourth of July for the community.
The Plymouth County Pork Producers are donating pork burgers. Fareway of Le Mars will provide hot dogs and buns. Hy-Vee is furnishing bakery buns. Wells Enterprises of Le Mars is donating ice cream novelties for the meal. Potato chips also will be served.
Many other Le Mars business sponsors have stepped forward to help the Museum with the parade and the luncheon. The complete list of supporters will be noted in future advertising.
Also in “Old Central” Gym, a “Christmas in July” sale on the gym stage will feature holiday decorations as well as antiques. The event will go from noon to 5 p.m.
All five floors of Museum exhibits also will be open during the afternoon. Included will be the 1940s diner, Miller’s Lunch, located on the Museum’s third floor. Root beer floats will be served all afternoon.
A Show’n Shine car show is tentatively planned for Third Street on the north side of the Museum.
A longtime tradition is returning to the Museum grounds at 3 p.m. For the first time in two years, free watermelon will be served on the east lawn. Tim and Bonnie Rasmussen of the former Timmy’s Catering have sponsored the watermelon feed for more than 30 years.
Tours of the Museum will continue to be available through 5 p.m. Tentative plans also are for Michael Peters, Civil War reenactor, to be on the grounds near the log cabins most of the afternoon.
The celebration will continue with the performance by the Le Mars Municipal Band at 8 p.m. in Foster Park.
The City of Le Mars and the Le Mars Fire Department will wrap up the celebration with their traditional fireworks display at 10 p.m. on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.