Patriot: Celebrating country and community
Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:00 AM
Expect the crackle of fireworks, soaring flags and prominent red, white and blue banners this weekend in Switzerland County.
But the small Ohio River town of Patriot wouldn't celebrate the Fourth of July any other way. It does have a reputation to live up to as the only incorporated town in America known as Patriot.
Events will include a parade, which begins at 11 a.m., a flag ceremony and a community pitch-in.
Vera McAllister, lifelong Patriot resident, will be the parade's grand marshal.
Jill Hutcherson, president of the Town of Patriot and Posey Township parks' boards, has helped plan the parade for the last eight years and said the parade - which dates back longer than her involvement - started with a few walking groups and kids showing off their pets.
It has kept much of that original appeal but has grown a lot over the years. Last year, the parade featured more than 40 walking groups, cars and floats.
"We have everything from decorated bicycles to animals decorated with red ribbons," she said.
The parade will run along State Road 156, starting at the Patriot Boat Ramp and traveling about three blocks.
The flag ceremony will be at Memorial Flag Park and then a picnic will be in Harris Park. Each year, veterans remove the old flags representing each branch of the military and present them to veterans before raising new flags.
A community pitch-in will follow the parade and ceremony. The Madison Community Band will play during the picnic.
Across the river in Kentucky, Carrollton's annual Fourth of July celebration will take place at Point Park. Events will begin around 2 p.m. and end with a fireworks display.
The Carrollton festivities also will include inflatables, food vendors, live music and a car show. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.