Special to the Reporter

The Glen Rose Downtown Association plans to hold the annual July 4th parade on Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

The parade has a slightly different beginning this year. Participants in the parade will meet in the parking lot at Still Waters Retreat Center on Barnard Street, then proceed down Barnard Street and end at Oakdale Park.

The downtown association welcomes anyone to participate in this year’s parade. This year’s event will celebrate U.S. veterans, U.S. military and first responders of Somervell County. Anyone building a float or driving a vehicle is asked to make a special spot for a veteran, anyone in the U.S. Armed Forces or first responders.

“We encourage you to find persons from these three areas and ask them to ride on the float with you and your group,” parade coordinator Jean Ford said.

Trophies will be awarded for the best use of red, white and blue and the most veterans on a float. Children will be encouraged to decorate their bikes or wagons for trophies as well. In the children’s category, trophies will be presented for best use of red, white and blue and most patriotic.

There is no fee to participate in the parade.

“This parade is all about celebrating and thanking those have put themselves in harm’s way for our benefit,” Ford said.

If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with one of these people:

Horse entries — Brenda Ransom at Country Peddler

Veterans or military — Eva Hanke

Parade bands — Rhonda Cagle at Pie Peddlers

Motorcycle and cars — Deidra Cockerham at Junkyard Dog or Odie Favorite at Odie’s Nest.

These volunteers will contact as many businesses as possible. Be looking for Debbie Pillow with Captain Jack’s (coming soon), Larry Green with Green’s Shoe Repair and Leatherworks, Steve Monroe with Glen Rose News, Karen Richardson with River Glen Studio and Roseanne Espino with Glen Rose News.

Most businesses on the square have applications for the parade. Please help the association by letting it know if you plan to be in this year’s parade.

The association also is looking for volunteers to help with the parade. Those interested in volunteering or with questions may contact Jean Ford at Pie Peddlers downtown.