California Historic District and Masonic Lodge partner for July 4th festivities

California Masonic Lodge 183, through the leadership of George Shelley, will be sponsoring the annual July 4th parade. There is no entry fee and they invite organizations, churches, schools, businesses, etc., to show their patriotism by entering a float or just being in the parade. The theme for this year's parade is "4th of July — A time for reflection." Line-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Smith Street in the Cargill area.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. along Smith Street; turning right on Oak Street, right on South Street, left on High Street going by the Court House ending back at the fairgrounds. At the end of the parade the Masonic Lodge will hand out bottles of water to those that were in the parade. They have lengthened the parade as the California Historic District will be sponsoring free children's games (ages 12 and under) on the Court House lawn following the parade.

Games include pillow sack races, ring toss, duck pond, water balloon toss and watermelon eating contest. The city will host a free swim day at the City Pool from 1 to 7 p.m. The California Historic District will be handing out free hot dogs and water at the pool from 12:45 p.m. untill they run out. The Masonic Lodge and California Historic District encourages everyone to come out and make this the biggest 4th of July ever.

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