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Independence Day parade a great success

Our sincere thanks to everyone who made Brattleboro’s 46th annual free family Independence Day celebration a spirited success.

The all-volunteer “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee and town Recreation & Parks Department were able to present the event only because of the generosity of countless individuals and organizations that donated their time, money and talent, including:

— Brattleboro’s Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which not only led our parade with its giant U.S. flag but also covered all the costs of the march for a fifth year in a row.

— More than 30 parade entries, including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, firefighters, community and youth groups and our finale favorite, local personality Alfred Hughes Jr.

— Parade route preparers and marshals; flag providers; and the staffs of the town Recreation & Parks, Police, Fire and Public Works Departments.

— All our citizen, civic and corporate donors and sponsors.

— And finally, everyone who, attending festivities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park, donated spare dollars and change that may seem small but annually add up.

This celebration of our diverse community has been a tradition for four and a half decades, and the committee appreciates everyone’s help in ensuring it continues.

Carol Lolatte

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Originally published in The Commons issue #523 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019). This story appeared on page D3.

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