By kalea hall
Come Thursday, people once again will line the streets of Canfield for the annual Fourth of July parade beginning at 10 a.m. — sharp.
From 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Canfield will host a variety of activities for children and adults before and after the parade.
The parade “is part of the community,” said Clare Neff, member of the Fourth of July committee. “It’s kind of a one-day event. It is fun to walk down to the North Green and see everyone playing games.”
For more than a decade, the Canfield Fourth of July parade has united the community to celebrate freedom. Over the years the parade definitely has changed and more elements have been added to the celebration, but the community involvement always has been noticeable.
“It seems to have grown a lot,” Neff said.
In addition to the parade over the years, the Firecracker Four Mile Run and the Kids’ Race were added to the mix, as well as a decorated bicycle contest for children, live bands, concessions and games on the Green, a large section of grass along Broad Street.
Despite all of the other activities, the parade always starts right on time.
Each year a new grand marshal chosen to lead the parade, and Paul Lasky, a recently retired Canfield police officer who served 34 years, felt honored to receive this year’s title.
“As a police officer, we have always had to work them, so now it is a nice change of pace to be in it,” Lasky said. “We always have a great crowd for this, so I am really looking forward to it.”
For more information on the Canfield Fourth of July celebration and to register for the Firecracker Four Mile Run, visit canfield4thofjuly.com.