The July fourth weekend is usually spent with friends and family barbecuing, attending festivals and watching fireworks.
But this year in Galesburg on July third there will be something new for people to celebrate–2014 Patriotic Day.
The man behind Patriotic Day, Veteran Jeff Holt says years ago he wanted to bring the silent drill team and military marching band from Washington to the area for a patriotic day but it was too expensive.
He tells the WGIL morning news he figured out another way to celebrate Patriotic Day–with a parade.
“It will leave from the American Legion on North street to Chambers to Main street to the Square to Broad street then hit Carl Sandburg Drive and then around Lincoln Park memorial and then around back up to the church. The neat thing about that is we’ve got someone on the Illinois Patriot Guard who’s part of our committee also so we’re gonna have a five ton vehicle, a Humvee and Toyota’s gonna have a free shuttle.”
Holt says they’d like to see as many veterans at the event as possible even if they can’t afford it.
He says if you’re interested in participating in the parade everyone will meet at 1:50 pm July third at the American Legion.