Hermann’s Fourth of July celebration kicks 3-day holiday weekend
By staff writer
Hermann has been the perfect destination for the Fourth of July, and this year a three-day weekend will start with Friday’s July 4th celebration, culminated with a fireworks at dusk.
Each year an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 enjoy the Independence Day fireworks on the Hermann riverfront, where this year the Brush & Palette Club will operate the food stand at the Riverfront Park pavilion. The club is working to match a $30,000 donation from an anonymous donor to help with its on-going restoration of the City Cemetery. The $30,000 that has been pledged must be matched by local fundraising efforts, so the proceeds from the food stand will feed the cemetery fund.
The Hermann Municipal Band, under the direction of Carl Bounds, will perform a Patriotic Fourth of July concert on Friday evening at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Those attending the concert should bring their own lawn chairs, or they can bring blankets and sit on the lawn.
Start time for the concert has been moved up to 7 p.m. to provide ample time to get to the riverfront for the fireworks display.
Their concert will be a salute to the USA. In the event of inclement weather the concert will be held at the Hermann High School Auditorium.
The Brush & Palette Club’s food stand at the riverfront will open at 3 p.m., and other vendor booths will open at 4 p.m.
This year’s parade theme will be “Let’s Get Excited.”
The parade will start at 4 p.m. at Eighth and Washington streets in the vicinity of the elementary school, but parade participants and their floats should be there at 3:30 p.m.
There will be kids activities at Riverfront Park starting with sign-up for the Kids’ Tractor Pull and turtle races at 4:30 p.m. The tractor pull will start at 5:30. The turtle races will begin following the kids’ tractor pull.
Children are asked to bring their own turtles or bring extra ones for others who would like to participate.
The fireworks on the riverfront, which draws thousands of local residents and guests, will start at 9:15 p.m.