Schedule of events announced for Morgan City 4th of July; Raymond McMillan...

Schedule of events announced for Morgan City 4th of July; Raymond McMillan named Grand Marshal

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Morgan City officials are happy to announce the 2016 4th of July celebration line-up.

This year’s local 4th of July celebration will kick off with a 5K run and kids’ fun run sponsored by the Morgan High School cross country team.  This is always a great way for the whole family to start the day together.  The kids always have a great time participating.

The 5K will begin at 7 a.m. at the high school and end at Riverside Park.  The kids’ fun run will begin at 7:45 a.m. at Riverside Park and will follow the walking trail.

And what would a Morgan 4th be without the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Morgan High School volleyball team?  These events are great ways for the community to support their local teams and have a lot of family fun at the same time. The “pancake” breakfast is actually a full breakfast and is always delicious.  The volleyball team will be “serving” up great food from 7 – 10 a.m.

With July 3 falling on a Sunday this year, the team will sponsor annual Spike Night on July 2 at 6 p.m. on the Morgan High School football field. Concessions will be available at this event. Contact morgansamoa@hotmail.com to sign up.

Tradition will continue with a flag ceremony at the Riverside Park flag pole at 8 a.m.  The flag is presented by our local veterans.

Vendors will be open for business at the park from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  In addition to those businesses that are coming to display their fabulous products, there are always vendors raising money for a good cause, and community support is always appreciated.  If you are considering hosting a booth at the park, there is still time.  Applications can be picked up in the Morgan City offices.

Morganites will take to the streets for the annual 4th of July parade at 10 a.m.  This is always a hit.  Children and adults alike can be seen lining the streets long before any floats make their appearance.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s events, please pick up an application in the Morgan City offices or contact Becky Shaw at beckyshaw@q.com. Your participation is what makes these parades so much fun.

The parade route begins at the corner of Young Street and 125 N. and follows 125 N. to Commercial Street where the floats turn right (east) and continue along that stretch of Commercial Street before doubling back to the Morgan High School parking lot.

This holiday’s parade Grand Marshal will be Ray McMillan. This decorated airman was born in 1921 with a sparkling sense of humor. When he walks into shops on Commercial Street, he leaves saying, “I love you like a sister,” to which he awaits the reply, “Oh brother.” He and his wife, Ruby, raised five children together before she passed away about 20 years ago. The couple have numerous grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren now and McMillan loves every single one of them.

McMillan was an aerial gunner and an engineer on the B-17 bombers for 31 missions over Europe, where he accumulated over 250 combat hours. With his exemplary service, he was recognized with the distinguished flying cross, three airman’s medals, four major battle stars and aerial gunners wings.  He is an expert marksman with a pistol.

McMillan started the Junior Livestock program and the 4-H horse program and junior rodeo. He was the manager of the Morgan County Fair for nine years, chairman of the establishment and development of Milton Park and Milton Days rodeo.

Following the parade at 11 a.m., the K&C Fab 5 cloggers will take the stage at the park.  This time slot also marks the beginning of the kids’ games, which will run until 2 p.m.  Games for the whole family will include ring toss, a three-legged race, sponge game, sack race, paper airplane contest, Plinko and more.  The city is providing face painting, train rides and a bounce castle free of charge for your little ones.

At 11 a.m., our very own Morgan Academy of Dance will take the stage with fun dance numbers and tumbling students springing across the platform.

The Patriotic Spirit Walk debuted a few years ago and will begin at 11:30 a.m. this year. This event for children 5 and under showcases adorable tots dressed up in their best red, white and blue fashion. This will give them a chance to strut their patriotic pride and get smiles and applause along the way. Prizes will be given for this event.

The Morgan Elementary School Jump Rope Club will make an appearance at noon and a new this year will be a “cubing” contest at 1 p.m. Cubing uses old school Rubik’s cubes and will be judged by Morgan’s own cubing aficionado Spencer Johnson.  During this time, there will also be a 3-point and free-throw contest as well as sand volleyball.

The ever-popular Scales and Tails show will finish out the day’s activities at 2 p.m.

Concessions will be available at the baseball diamond during most of these activities so you can cool down and have a snack.

The day all builds up to the fantastic 4th of July fireworks that will explode in the night sky at 10 p.m.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled event.

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