The Lewistown area chamber of commerce is preparing a full day of events for the annual July 4 celebration, which was scaled back last year due to the pandemic.
âWe are very happy to be able to have it this year,â said Chamber Director Jo McCauley.
The day begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Eagles, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Central Montana Ag Tour.
The parade will be held this year at 1 p.m. instead of 11 a.m., as the statutory holiday is a Sunday.
âWe changed it at 1 pm to allow people to go to church and continue to participate in the parade,â McCauley said.
The parade line will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Seventh Avenue near the library. Parade registration forms are available on the Chamber’s website at lewistownchamber.com/4 July. Registration for the parade is free, but the organization requests that the forms be returned to the Chamber by June 30.
After the parade, several events will take place at Symmes Park. The annual ice cream hosted by the Central Montana Museum Historical Society will be held on the museum and chamber lawn.
The Central Montana Trail Dusters will also be hosting a behind-the-chamber car show, which returns to the annual festivities.
âIt’s open to anyone who wants to come, including cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles,â said Sherry Stilson of the Trail Dusters.
The Trail Dusters are a group of car enthusiasts who run monthly cruises in central Montana. Stilson said the auto show will add another fun element to the activities at the House’s annual celebration.
Warren Taylor and XLT Country of Malta will be entertained at a concert in the park. Mylo Moring of Lewistown will open for Taylor & Company, with the concert starting after the parade.
âThe ice cream parlor, concert, and auto show will sort of be happening simultaneously,â McCauley said. âThe cake auction will also take place during the concert. ”
Those wishing to donate cakes for the auction are asked to bring the cakes to the House on July 3 or 4. The auction will also benefit the Central Montana Ag Tour.
The day’s festivities will be crowned with the annual fireworks display, which will begin at nightfall. After a sudden increase in the cost of signage, McCauley said local businesses had been very generous in helping cover costs.
âThe local businesses kicked off the concert and the fireworks, which is great,â said McCauley.
The list of events is also available at lewistownchamber.com/4 July.