FAIRBORN — Heralded as one of the largest Fourth of July parades in Miami Valley, Fairborn’s annual event will showcase 170 units featuring 14 floats, 28 Antioch Shrine participants, 10 military vehicles with two artillery components, an Ohio State contingent, and numerous notable personalities and organizations.
Sponsored by the Fairborn Rotary Club, Pearl Harbor survivor, 96-year-old Ed Malan, and USAF retiree and longtime Fairborn American Legion Post 526 Commander Chuck Knaub will serve as co-grand marshals.
The parade will get underway 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 after assembling in the Fairborn Plaza on Broad Street. From there, the parade will follow its traditional route up North Central Avenue past the reviewing stand, and then down Main Street to Broad Street where it will end.
Weather permitting, a flyover by Greene County’s Aero Club will signal the beginning of the parade with the National Anthem being sung by Paul Newman Sr., accompanied by the Fairborn Civic Band.
The large Shriner’s contingent, which will include more than 200 participants, is due to the organization’s passing on this year’s Daytona Beach Fourth of July parade. Included among the unique miniature vehicles are the “Little Red Cars,” the motorcycle Bobbies along with their paddy wagon, classic cars, clowns, the Troubadors band, the motorcycle corps, calliope, the three wheel motor scooters and the little Indy race cars. All arrangements were made by Fairborn Shrine Club Chairman Roger DeLong.
The event is part of at two-day celebration organized by the Fairborn Fourth of July Committee, co-chaired by Linda Hall and Jamie Brauer. The traditional family-friendly Block Party takes place 4-10 p.m. Monday, July 3 along Main Street. The Fourth of July events move to Community Park beginning 5 p.m. July 4 with food, rides and entertainment culminating in a spectacular fireworks display approximately 10.
Story courtesy of the Fairborn Fourth of July Committee.