The annual Perry Fourth of July celebration is this Tuesday, and the City is ready to put on a good show for the public.
The day will start with the annual parade, which Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Wilson assures people is still happening, in spite of there always being rumors to the contrary. Parade lineup will begin at 9 a.m. and the parade will start at 10 from the east Perry plaza. It will head down Willis Avenue and will end up at Pattee Park, where the day’s festivities will continue.
Throughout the day at the park, there will be food vendors, games, and water fights hosted by the Perry Fire Department. There will also be musical performances at the bandshell, including Showtime Dance Studio, the Al Welsh Orchestra, P.O.W., and Anthony Kester and the Skunk River Band. The day will reach its finale at around 9:45 p.m. with the annual fireworks display, which Wilson says is his favorite part of the celebration every year.
“I love the whole thing! I love seeing the kids, I love it being a tradition. But I’m partial to the big fireworks display at the end. I just like to kind of sit back and listen to people ‘Ooh and ahh,’ and think, ‘Man, this town did this!’ I just kind of got in the way a little bit to make sure people showed up. But that’s the finale for me.”
This year’s show will feature nearly $13,000 in fireworks, which was paid for completely by community donations. Wilson reminds people that while fireworks are allowed from 4-11 p.m. on the Fourth of July, they are not permitted at Pattee Park or any other public area. To hear more about the Perry Fourth of July celebration, listen to Friday’s Perry Fareway Let’s Talk Dallas County program at RaccoonValleyRadio.com.