If you want to harken back to the early 1900s and enjoy a small community, but absolutely wonderful July 4 parade you need to be in Green Valley Lake by 11 a.m. on July 4. This parade is pure Americana and I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world. Those of us who are old enough to remember the fabulous “Music Man” with Shirley Jones will remember the red, white and blue of their patriotic parade in “River City.”
Well, green Valley Lake throws a parade that could have been in that movie. Filled with local residents and business people, children, dogs, a few small Floats and Flags as well as children in decorated strollers. This is a parade I will never miss. It’s a step back in time in some ways and it has the three F’s: Fun, Funny and Fabulous! Think babies in strollers decorated in red, white and blue, dogs with red, white and blue and more fun than “Professor Harold Hill” of the famous movie “Music Man” could have ever dreamt up so you need to be there to enjoy this short parade. Sometimes the participants in it have so much fun, and because it’s great small town stuff, the parade turns around and they do it all over again. Professor Hill of “Music Man” fame would have loved that and do would America’s great artist Norman Rockwell.
If you want to be in the parade be sure you line up at the corner of Lakeside and GVL Road at 10:30 a.m. so you can be sure you are in the right place in line.
After the parade is over stick around Green Valley Lake to hear the July 4 classical brass and reed quartet concert next to the lake. This event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. so extend your July 4 fun and stick around. You should take a folding chair or you can sit on the beach and enjoy the evening. You’re bound to go home singing “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” all the way home!