4th of July Parade Volunteers needed!

If you’ve lived in the neighborhood at least a year, you know that the 4th of July Parade is a big to-do, but it can’t happen without YOU!

Volunteers are needed for these tasks:

  • Running the games after the parade (watermelon seed spitting, sack race, etc.)
  • Bringing 2 filled piñatas and supervising their destruction (one for little kids, one for big)
  • Making about 6 posters to advertise the big event and setting them up at key intersections in the neighborhood about a week before the parade. (This one is great for tween kids with too much summer looming before them.)
  • Set up and decorations the morning of the parade (8:00 am)
  • Take down and clean up after the festivities
  • Bringing cookies or donating a watermelon (or both!)
  • Donating about 200 cups and napkins
  • Letting us use your large Igloo water cooler

Please contact Cindy Bogard (912-9770) if you can help with any of these!

Lisa Farenkamp has volunteered to coordinate cookies again this year (thanks Lisa). Please contact her at 444-3211 to arrange for a cookie donation in advance or to let her know that you’ll bring them the morning of the parade.

The parade will be on Monday the 4th
. We will gather at the Barton Hills Market at 8:30 and will march to the school where there will be judging for the best decorated wagons, stroller, walkers, etc., patriotic music and brief speeches, cookies and watermelon, and games. A lot of fun, but only if everyone joins in.


July 4 Parade Pictures now online

Sunny skies blessed our neighborhood this year for our annual July 4th Parade, and Barton Hills Drive was alive with red, white, and blue patriotic spirit. Check out the pictures taken by neighbor Bill Newcomb during the parade and afterwards at the gathering at Barton Hills Elementary.


Yes, this year the annual Barton Hills Neighborhood Association July 4th Parade will go forward, rain or shine, with the exception of lightning (well, maybe hail, too)! Please join in this wonderful tribute to our country and our community by parading on foot, bicycle, trike, scooter, buggy, or other vehicle of your choice, along with your dog, goat, or other legal and tame animal.

Many thanks go to Wells Fargo on South Lamar, who has generously offered to sponsor our parade this year. We look forward to a long relationship with this community institution that has a great record of civic leadership and service.

We are also honored this year to have two co-Grand Marshals who have graciously agreed to lead the parade: the Honorable Elliott Naishtat, District 49 State Representative, and the Honorable Darryl Slusher, City Councilperson. Kay Wallingford, Barton Hills Teacher of the Year, is also an invited guest.

The parade will assemble as usual at another one of our community partners, Barton Hills Market, at 8:30 am on Sunday, July 4th. At 9:00 am the procession will begin to Barton Hills Elementary School, where the Grand Marshalls will deliver keynote addresses worthy of Lincoln. Pulitzer-prize winning historian, Bill Brands, will again inspire the day with a historical perspective on the Declaration of Independence.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and our own nationally known singer/songwriter Sara Hickman will sing the National Anthem.

Festivities will follow and include such time-honored favorites as a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack races, egg toss, face painting, pinatas, and the judges’ awards to the best parade entries in various categories. In fact, three people with an eye for patriotic style and flair are needed to judge the parade participants. So don?t forget to decorate your stroller, wagon, scooter, bike, skates, dog, hat, humvee, airplane?

Refreshments will be served at the playground as well, and volunteers are needed to donate cookies, watermelon, and water. Lisa Farenkamp, 444-3211, has graciously agreed to be the cookie coordinator again, and Art Stone, 444-5757, will ice down 8-10 watermelons if you will deliver them to him the night of July 3. Other volunteers are needed to help set up at 7:30 at the Barton Hills Elementary Playground, and to help clean up afterwards. Please contact parade co-chairs Shannon Noble at 916-9513 or Valinda Bolton at 383-8909 to volunteer in any capacity. All patriots who volunteer for this star spangled celebration will be gratefully acknowledged by the emcee at the ceremony!

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