Plans set for annual Struthers Fourth of July parade


John Medvec Sr. stopped counting years ago how long he and his family have been organizing the city’s annual Fourth of July parade.

He guesses it’s been more than 30 years since they started to orchestrate the three-mile-long event filled with decorated floats, classic cars and the high school marching band — which is quite the achievement, considering that the parade itself is only in its 38th year.

Now, the family affair that is planning the Struthers Fourth of July Parade includes him; his wife, Diane Medvec; his daughter, Stacey Medvec Newyear; and his two sons, John Medvec Jr. and Daniel Medvec.

“People appreciate [it]. They look forward to it,” he said, of the parade. “There’s always going to be a parade in Struthers. It’s in our blood.”

As usual, the Struthers Fourth of July Parade will start promptly at noon Friday from the Fifth Street Plaza, at Fifth Street and Manor Avenue, and will travel along Sexton Street, Poland Avenue, Smithfield Street, then Fifth Street back to the plaza.

Read more about the plans in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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