By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Yes, there’s going to be a parade.
Along with a carnival, fireworks, baseball and softball, and all the rest of the traditional Fourth of July Celebration activities in Delano.
Despite the recent crest of the Crow River at its second-highest level ever, and some obstacles at Central Park, organizers of the Fourth of July Celebration met Wednesday night at the park and reviewed plans and logistics for this year’s event.
The only noticeable difference in this year’s celebration is where some of the events will be positioned, and the parking process.
Celebration Committee Chairman Alex Roeser said the fireworks, set for Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 p.m., will be shot from the high ground in the same vicinity of previous years.
“We’ve been able to find the high ground, and we’re looking forward to another great display,” Roeser said.
The parade, set for Friday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m., is planned to follow the regular parade route, Roeser said. However, in the event of more rain this past weekend and the temporary levee in downtown Delano needing to remain in place, the parade route would be altered to bypass the portion of River Street where the levee is.
“If there are any changes, it will be minimal,” Roeser said. “Follow the Fourth of July on Facebook and Twitter, and watch for updates on the Fourth of July website and the Delano Herald Journal website if the route will be changed.”
Roeser said the entire GoldStar Carnival operation is going to be in town, with plans to set up the family-friendly entertainment on the south side of the park/Third Street area, as was done in the early 1990s due to high water in the park.
“Thanks to the city and to Stahlke Bus, we’ve made accommodations for the carnival workers to set up camp in alternate locations,” Roeser said. “You will see rides starting around the hamburger stand area, running up Third Street and wrapping around toward the gazebo.”
Roeser said the Fourth of July Celebration Committee is asking any residents in that area who may have concerns to contact him directly.
Additional parking options will also be provided from the Delano Middle School area, with shuttle service to the park. Watch online for more information on these details, as well.
This year’s main stage musical entertainment will include shows from the Fabulous Armadillos, Big Guns/Leash reunion, Maiden Dixie, and Chris Hawkey Band.
“The lineup is really exciting,” Roeser said. “We still offer absolutely no cover charge for our live music.”
A complete schedule of events for this year’s celebration may be found on page 5A.
At the regularly scheduled Delano City Council special workshop Tuesday, the council, along with members of the Fourth of July Committee, also discussed the upcoming celebration.
“The festivities will continue on as scheduled, but because of the high water, some areas of the park will be blocked off and unusable,” according to the City of Delano. “We asked everyone who attends the celebration to be mindful of the blockades and stay away from these areas.”
For more information on the Delano Fourth of July, follow the link from the Delano Herald Journal homepage.