The Fourth of July parade, sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion, James L. Flannery Post 276, will step off at noon at the Ohio Riverbank and travel to the Post headquarters on U.S. 23, disbanding at the Legion field.
The Grand Marshal for the parade will be Jim Holcomb, a Vietnam veteran.
“At the Legion field we’re going to have free hot dogs and soft drinks, games for the kids, music, a pretty baby contest, that they can sign up for at 11 (a.m.) o’clock,” Post 276 Commander Mike Bennett said. “They’re giving away a deluxe gas grill and lots more.”
Bennett said everyone is welcome and it is free to the public.
“It’s hard to figure where all of the people come from, but every year it is a big celebration over there,” Bennett said. “So folks should come on out, bring a lawn chair and enjoy all the fun.”
On the Ohio side of the river, the activities are mainly slated for Sunday beginning with free local concerts and culminating with the annual fireworks display along the river.
The entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. with Steve Free and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra performing a free concert from 7-8:30 p.m. at Tracy Park.
Also at 7 p.m., Doc Roc and the Remedies will perform at the river front amphitheater along the Ohio River. The band is hosted by the Portsmouth Civic Forum.
At 10 p.m., the Civic Forum will continue its 75- year tradition with the annual fireworks display. The show will last about 30 minutes and is expected to draw a large crowd.
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