Updated 15 June 2018 – What do you do on July 4th? Do you head to the beach or Lake Jordan? Or, do you take time out to celebrate our nation’s birthday with flags, a parade, and fellow veterans?
July 4th is fast approaching and we are gearing up for our Post’s annual trip to Caldwell, NC, to lead the parade with other posts from District 6. If you have never gone, it is time. We walk the one-mile parade and follow our standard bearers.
There is a picnic area at the Caldwell Community Center and some families set up there for a picnic. Others park along the parade route and bring along just a few folding chairs, a cooler, and candy bags to collect candy tossed their way. Come a little early to set up.
For Veterans, Chapel Hill Post 9100 VFW will provide hot dogs, baked beans, water and beverages to post members and guests. We ask that all families bring along a family specialty or a special treat to share and complement our basics. It’s an old-fashioned family picnic.
At the end of the parade, we gather for a light picnic with friends. We usually have about 60 people in our group. The patriotic Knights of Columbus Assemblies from Chapel Hill and Durham join us and walk in the parade. Come early and get a front-row seat for your family. They can cheer you on as you lead the parade to the community center.
Worker bees will gather at the Caldwell Community Center at about 8:30 to set up tent/canopies and meet participants.
At about 10 a.m. we join the town marchers at the Caldwell Fire House. The parade starts moving at 10:50 with veterans leading the parade. We will stop at the NC 57 and Guess Rd. intersection to wait for the 11 a.m. official start. This is when traffic is stopped and one lucky motorist will be selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.
Here are some pictures of a previous event: