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Fourth annual 4th of July Kids’ Parade set for Saturday, June 29
Kids Parade
Children and their parents kick off the 2018 4th of July Kids’ Parade from the lawn of Camden City Hall to head down Rutledge Street to an alley behind Broad Street at Books on Broad, which sponsors the annual parade along with the city. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, June 29, with pre-parade activities starting at 10 a.m.

Kershaw County kids are invited to show their patriotic spirit by decorating their bicycles, scooters and wagons, and wearing red, white, and blue for the fourth annual Kids’ Fourth of July Parade, Saturday, June 29 in downtown Camden. Pre-parade activities begin at Camden City Hall at 10 a.m. Show up dressed in your parade regalia; the parade starts at 10:30 am. This is a free event.

Pre-parade activities include face painting by local students and temporary tattoos by the Camden Police Department. The Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be passing out flags, and the Kershaw County Library will provide information about summer reading.  

Immediately before the parade, there will be a short program to honor the occasion. At 10:30 am, the Fife and Drum Corps of South Carolina -- local volunteers with members of the 208th Army Band -- under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Slade, will lead the parade down Rutledge Street to Broad Street where it will end with free snow cones in the Haigler Lane parking lot. This year, the parade Grand Marshalls will be the Doby’s Mill Elementary School State Champion Archery Team.

For the safety of the participants, motorized vehicles (electric or gas powered) are not allowed, and children 10 and under must be escorted by an adult. Don’t forget to decorate your bicycle and helmet!

The community is invited to watch the parade along Rutledge Street. Parking is available at the Town Green and on Commerce Alley as well as along Market and Broad streets. Come out to support our youth and celebrate the U.S.A.

Photo Contest. Upload your best photo of the parade to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/512296012639114/ along with #kidsparadephotocontest2019. Photos should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. June 29. A winner will be selected at random and announced July 1.

The parade is sponsored by Books on Broad and Coffee and the Downtown Camden Program. For more information, please contact Laurie Slade Funderburk at laurie@booksonbroad.com or Katharine Spadacenta, Downtown Camden program manager, at kspadacenta@camdensc.org.