Local Independence Day celebration is Friday evening

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10th annual Springfield parade honors veterans

By The Staff

This Friday, Springfield will celebrate its annual Independence Day Celebration with festivities starting downtown at 6 p.m. This will be the 10th year for Springfield’s Fourth of July parade, and the city couldn’t have picked a better pair to be the grand marshals this year than U.S. Army Col. Arthur L. Kelly (retired) and his son, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dan Kelly (retired).

“The parade was initially designed to recognize our veterans,” said Nell Haydon, director of the Springfield Main Street Renaissance Program which sponsors the Independence Day celebration. “We were able to get two very special gentlemen to be our grand marshals this year. They both have very interesting military histories, and they’ve both been invaluable to the Lincoln projects we have had this year.”

The pair will be riding in style as they preside over the parade. This year’s theme is Corvettes with Vets, and the veterans will ride in Corvettes provided by Hammer Chevrolet in Springfield and a Corvette club from Lexington.

The 10th annual Springfield Independence Day celebration gets under way on Main Street at 6 p.m. this Friday, followed by a free concert by Blair Carman and the Bellevue Boys with fireworks at dusk. Visit www.springfieldky.org on the Internet for more information.


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