Planning for Stars & Stripes on Friday, July 3

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By Molly Moser

Planning continues for the annual Stars and Stripes celebration in Guttenberg, scheduled for Friday, July 3. 

The first event that Friday begins at 8:00 a.m. Clayton Ridge Interact students, sponsored by the Guttenberg Rotary Club, will start collecting registrations for their first ever 5K run/walk in the north gazebo near the veteran's memorial. Proceeds will be used to purchase a shelter box for those in need. 

Games for all ages begin in the park at 3:00 p.m. Vendors offering entertainment, glow sticks and other trinkets, and food will gather nearby. Brandon Bries of The After Party D.J. service will keep the celebration rocking all afternoon and throughout the fireworks. 

This year's theme for the parade is “Rockin’ on the River.” “We invite community members, businesses, and dignitaries to create floats for the parade,” says GD&T director Emily Moser, “as well as to decorate their windows to celebrate our nation’s birthday.” From geology to patriotic music, the theme, “Rockin’ on the River,” leaves participants plenty of room for interpretation. Decorated bicycles, ATVs, golf carts, wagons, and children’s mini floats are also welcome in the parade. 

Organizers are looking for volunteers to sell tickets to games, tickets in the beverage garden, help with clean up, and to help with other tasks as needed throughout the day.  To volunteer, please call Emily Moser at the Guttenberg Welcome Center at (563) 252-2323.

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