By Miriam Raftery
June 20, 2017 (Deerhorn Valley) – The Deerhorn Valley Independence Day parade and picnic returns this July 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., after the Border Fire forced cancellation of last year’s event. Spectators are encouraged to bring flags, drums, rattles, shakers and lawn chairs to enjoy the festivities. Community members are invited to march in the parade including wagons, bikes, trucks, horses, goats and emus. “If it moves, it can march!” the flyer proclaims.
The parade stages at McNeill’s field at lower Elena and Deerhorn Valley Road at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. the parade rolls out, led by Deerhorn Valley’s mounted flag bearers.
The parade ends at the McKinley Field picnic area (see map below), where a $2 meal ticket includes hot dogs, watermelon, water and chips until supplies run out. Popcorn and cotton candy are also available for sale. You can also enjoy local vendors and crafters, plus a potluck-style dessert and goodies table.