Blackwell's 4th of July: See what's going on!

by Charles Gerian

Blackwell's Independence Day parade will be held Thursday, July 4. The parade is sponsored by the Blackwell Area Chamber of Commerce, and the parade marshal will be U.S. Navy veteran Pat McCurry. 

This year, the parade line-up will begin at 9:15 a.m., and the parade will start at 10 a.m.

This is an hour earlier than in past years, when the parade began at 11 a.m.

The annual judging of children's decorated bicycles and wagons will be held at the intersection of Main Street and Dewey Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Other entrants are asked to line up along Dewey Avenue and Main Street, where they will be placed in line by members of the local amateur radio club. 

Registration is still open for residents, organizations, and groups that would like to ride in the parade. In order to register, contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 580-363-4195. The chamber can also be reached via email at info@blackwellchamber.

Following the parade, several other Independence Day events will be held: 

- The Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 125 Vinnedge Avenue, will sponsor a community picnic. Free lunch, games, and prizes will be offered.

- From 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., the Memorial Pool, located at 1400 South Main Street, will host a “free swim” for members of the community.

- And as the sun sets that night, the city of Blackwell will hold its annual fireworks display at the county fairgrounds on Main Street. There is no admission charge.