Participation encouraged July 4th


Everyone is invited to participate in the Fourth of July People’s Parade: motorcycles, cars, pickups, trucks, tractors, farm machinery, walkers with banners, clowns and other costumed characters, decorated bicycles, unicycles, dancers, bands, musicians, horses and riders, horse-drawn wagons, motorized children’s cars and floats.

The Caledonian Marching Band (made up of Scottish bagpipes and drums) and Dance Group will perform during the parade. They will number 20 to 30 people. They are just one of several highlights of this year’s parade.

This will be the third annual Fourth of July float contest. Criteria for the floats are:

— Originality of float

— Amount of actual construction of the float

— How well the float was put together or arranged, and

— Floats built from scratch with materials like chicken wire and tissue paper, which are more complicated, will rank higher than pre-fabricated materials placed on top of a flatbed trailer.

The committee has chosen three citizens to judge the floats. Stockman Bank, First Interstate Bank, Community First Federal Credit Union and US Bank have donated the prize fund for first-, second- and third-place awards. 

The parade will travel down North Montana Avenue to Main Street and end up at Riverside Park. Drivers are asked not to park on Main Street from 8 a.m. until after the parade.

As it has for the past 11 years, the Fourth of July Committee will have “parade poop scoopers.” Replacing Scott and Karla Elder as scoopers are Zack Killham and his son, John Killham. Elder donated his specially made cart for this task to the committee.

Immediately after the parade, festivities will begin in Riverside Park. Under Miles City Code Section 4-35, dogs are prohibited in the city parks. The Fourth of July Committee members request that attendees of the activities remember this ordinance when planning what they want to bring into Riverside Park.

The gazebo in Riverside Park will be decorated by Holy Rosary Healthcare for the public’s festive enjoyment again this year.

Several fundraising and recruiting booths will be set up in Riverside Park. One booth in particular will be a medical fundraiser for Damon Wright. He is in need of gastric bypass surgery. There will be a bake sale in honor of this man’s quest for help. A medical benefit account has been set up at Stockman Bank. 

 The Custer County Food Bank will be asking donations for ice cream. Next to the ice cream booth will be the Democrats, fundraising with their annual homemade pies.

Anyone with bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, tandem bicycles and electric or pedal-powered children’s cars is invited to decorate them and ride them in the Independence Day parade. At the end of the parade is Riverside Park, where a bike corral will be set up in which to park all entries in this contest for display for everyone to see and cast their People’s Choice votes. Each participant will be given a number that will be tied onto his or her entry and a treat token, compliments of Dairy Queen.

The first-place award is sponsored by Pedal Power Sports. The second-place award is being sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and the third-place award is sponsored by Discovery Pond.

To enter the Mini Cool Car Show, register for a place in the parade and afterward park in the designated area. All car show participants in the parade will turn left on Fifth Street, then right on Park Street, turning right into the southeast corner of the park. The car carrying the grand marshal and the High Plains Classics Car Club trailers will enter the park first so participants will have those vehicles to follow to know where to drive.

Car show participants will be given numbers to display when they check in at the parade line-up and if they are missed, they may get numbers in Riverside Park. Each number should be placed on the vehicle so the public can see it to be able to cast a People’s Choice vote. High Plains Classics Car Club once again is managing this contest for the Fourth of July Committee.

Miles City Motor Supply is sponsoring the first-place prize. The second-place prize is being sponsored by CARQUEST Auto Parts and the third-place prize is sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts.