A Fourth of July Poem:
The Fourth of July is nearly here
So time to shoot fireworks and drink some beer
Run a race in the morning, Dance with BUOS at night
Play Corn-Hole in between and see the festival sights
To know what you need for your Americana,
Read the story below, that is, if you wanna.
That’s right, the annual Fort Thomas 4th of July Celebration is nearly here. Read the sections below for your guide to all the fun.
7:40 AM: The Firecracker 5K will run from the Fort Thomas Mess Hall beginning at 7:40 am for the kids’ race and 8:15 for adults. Cost to enter is $30 day of the race but for the 12-and-under kids’ race, it is free (you must still register). Visit the YMCA Website to print a registration form. Approximately 250 people have entered the race as of today but they will take about 400-600 by race day.
8:00 AM: Fourth of July Tennis Tournament at Tower Park. If swinging a racquet is more your style than running a race, look for the annual morning tennis tournament. Go to www.ftthomas.org for more information.
10:30 AM: The 4th of July Parade begins with the venerable Charles “Chuck” Keller and wife Mary Lou as the Grand Marshalls. Chuck & Mary Lou are very excited to be the Grand Marshalls! We have heard Mary Lou is perfecting her wave! Jay Simpson will be driving them in the parade. Chuck is going to ask a few former students to walk with them (you can look for me). As of today, we have about 60 parade participants with more still coming in. Again, it is not too late to register. Visit myy.org to register or call Dana at the Y, at 859-781-1814.
3:00-10:00: Independence Celebration at Tower Park begins. Games, rides, and food are available beginning at 3 running through the evening. The food vendors are Ft. Thomas Pizza, Marty’s Waffles, Texas Joe’s, Southern BBQ, Kona Ice, Zoomers, Chick-Fil-A, City BBQ, and Mr. Softee. The Beer Tent will be run again this year by St. Catherine’s. Additionally, local businesspersons including Tracy Davis State Farm, Shutter Gutter, and Marianne Sizemore State Farm will have vendor booths with giveaways. If anyone is interested in having a booth, call Penny at the Armory (859-781-1700).
Also, Earth Joy Tree Climbing, Maxwell Jump Inflatables, Murray’s Brother’s Rides, and a Thomas the Train ride will all be available as fun activities for kids (and child-like adults) to enjoy, located in the Mess Hall area.
3:00 PM: The festivities kick off with the Michael Bradford Corn Hole Tournament. Bradford was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2013 and the Corn Hole tournament will honor his sacrifice.
4:00-7:30 PM: Antique Car Show featuring DJ Kevin Shoupe will take place at the tennis court area this year. Car registration begins at 3:00 pm with awards at 7:30. 30 different trophy sponsors are sponsoring this 4th Annual Fort Thomas Classic Car Show with the hopes that this is the biggest event yet. In their years of putting on this show, Lonnie and Linda Sloan have found that most car-owners don’t pre-register, they show up if the weather is nice; so hope for good weather and spread the word. The cars that have attended in the past are a Fort Thomas Fire Truck, a retired TANK bus, Isetta (3-wheel car), an English motorcycle with side car, 1920’s car, electric cars, and even a DeLorean (although availability for time travel will be limited, we’re told). If anyone is interested in registering their car, call Linda at 859-750-9532 or Lonnie at 859-750-7710.
4:00 PM: Soul Pushers live music
6:00 PM: MotherFolk live music
8:00 PM: Blessid Union of Souls live music. (Side note, I am incredibly excited for BUOS. My husband and I were huge fans in high school and cannot wait to sing loudly and obnoxiously to “Nora” and “I Believe”!).
10:00 PM: The moment we’ve all been waiting for- the fireworks!
So, be sure to join us for some, most, or all of the festivities for the Fourth. For more information, visit the city’s website http://www.ftthomas.org/.