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Fourth of July to be celebrated July 3 and 4

Lincoln nonprofit
By: Stephanie Dumm, Reporter
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Know and Go The Fourth of July Parade When: 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4 Where: The route goes south on A Street, west down Fifth Street, north on F Street and east on Sixth Street Lincoln will celebrate the Fourth of July with the annual Fourth of July Parade the morning of Sunday, July 4. The Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade. Ruth Alves, the parade’s chairwoman, picked this year’s theme, “This Land is Your Land.” “Entrants are judged on the best use of the theme so who knows what people are going to come up with,” Alves said. Alves said she likes “the enthusiasm and seeing the smiling faces of the kids.” “It’s just fun,” Alves said. The parade is not related to the fireworks display done every year, which the city puts on. This year, Alves spearheaded a donation campaign, though, to raise money to put on the fireworks display since the city cut funds this year for fireworks because of the city’s budget crisis. Parade participants include the Semper Fi members with their jeeps and the fire department that brings up the end of the parade. Residents and businesses can still sign up to be in the parade. There will also be some motorcycles, city officials and horses in the parade. Participants have until Monday to sign up for the parade. The cost per entry depends on the number of participants. Cost per entry can be as little as $20 for one to 10 members in a group to $70 for 50 or more members. Those interested can visit the Chamber’s office at 540 F St. to fill a form or download a form from www.lincolnchamber.com. “It’s for the people in the community so they can enjoy the spirit of the holiday,” said Terri Reeves, the chamber’s membership and event coordinator.