What started out as an email between neighbors in the spring of 2013, inviting folks to march in a small non-motorized parade in Mebane’s south historic district, has blossomed over the last seven years to a very large, colorful, and beloved event. That first parade had a few dozen participants and an even fewer number of viewers on the side lines. Last year, the parade had 2,000 participants and audience members in total.
And while it’s still a non-motorized parade, we expect even more people this year.
Free family fun has always been this event’s goal and the Museum’s parking lot located at the corner of Second and West Jackson will be full of amusements. A decoration station will be on hand to help decorate bikes, wagons, and strollers. Join a fishing challenge, get a temporary tattoo, visit a photo booth with fun props, say hi to Uncle Sam, or meet some local re-enactors--these are just a few available options. The Bradford Academy Choir will perform just before the parade and an exercise demo will follow. Literally, there is something for everyone!
The Village Band, a community band of 50 members from Chapel Hill will play patriotic tunes from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The Hawfields Jammers will play on the Museum’s lower level for those looking to cool off before marching from 9:00 – 10:00. Parade registration begins at 9:00 a.m. – all registered kids get a free Polar Panda Snowball. The parade begins at 10:30. Park for free at the grassy lot at the corner of Second and W. Lee Streets. Well-behaved and leashed pets are allowed. For more information call 919.563.5054. Or find us on Facebook at Mebane’s Fourth of July Parade.