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The parade themed Peace, Love and Liberty will start at 10 a.m. on July 4. Those who are participating in the parade do not have to pre-register, and are asked to line up at 9:30 a.m. behind the BP Gas Station located on Second Street.

Monroe City Chamber of Commerce will host the Fourth of July festivities including a parade and activities in St. Jude’s Park for all ages. The festivities are hosted and made possible by a multitude of volunteers in the community who have donated their time and efforts to make the celebration of America’s Independence a success.

The parade themed Peace, Love and Liberty will start at 10 a.m. on July 4. Those who are participating in the parade do not have to pre-register, and are asked to line up at 9:30 a.m. behind the BP Gas Station located on Second Street. The parade will begin by turning left from BP’s parking lot onto Business Highway 36 & 24. The parade will continue to the four-way stop, turning left onto Main Street and then turn left onto Second Street, which will conclude the parade route. This year the parade is being organized by MacKayla Painter.

Prior to the parade, there will be a Best Decorated Bike contest, hosted and volunteered by Officer Zach James and Connie Painter. The contest will be held in the parking lot of the BP Gas Station. Contestants are asked to register their bike at 9:30 a.m. The bikes will be judged at this time and winners will be announced before the parade begins. Bike entries may participate in the parade.

St. Jude’s Park will host a multitude of activities following the parade. There will be vendors available offering food, drinks, information, items for sale and face painting. Anyone interested in having a booth is asked to contact Connie Painter at (573)822-4014, set up for the vendors is 8 a.m.

The baby show and Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker contest will be hosted by Christy Taylor and Melissa Utterback. The baby show will begin at 11 a.m. in the gazebo at St. Jude’s Park for babies aged 0-36 months. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Forms may be picked up at Main Street Thrift Shop on Main Street. The cost is $3 to enter if signed up by July 3 at 6 p.m. and will increase to $5 afterwards. No registrations will be accepted after 10:30 a.m.  on July 4. There will be a most patriotic girl and boy category held after the age division contests which may be entered at no additional cost. Following the baby show, there will be a Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker contest with two categories of 3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds. Forms may be picked up at Main Street Thrift Shop on Main Street. The cost is $5 to enter if signed up by July 3 at 6 p.m. and will increase to $7 afterwards. No registrations will be accepted after 10:30 a.m.  on July 4. First place winners will receive a trophy, and ribbons will be given to second and third places in each category.

There will be a pet contest hosted by volunteer Melissa Hays. Categories for the contest will be most patriotic, smallest, largest and best trick. The contest will take place at the gazebo. There will be no entry fee for this contest, with prizes awarded to winners.

A Cornhole Tournament will be hosted by volunteer Kevin Holliday at St. Jude’s Park. Registration for the tournament will be from 12-1 p.m. the tournament will be a double elimination with a $30/team entry fee.

The annual Clifford Talton Jr. Legacy 3-on-3 Tournament will take place at the parking lot across from the Macon Atlanta State Bank. Deadline to enter this contest was July 1. Contact Ed Talton at (573)822-9432 for more information.

Later in the evening, the Monroe City Fire Department will sponsor a firework display at dusk. The fireworks will be displayed at Gateway Square, north of Promiseland Family Church. The display will be held rain or shine.

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