A Star-spangled Fourth In Orleans

By: Barry Donahue

It wouldn't be the Fourth of July in Orleans without Uncle Sam.  BARRY DONAHUE PHOTO

Thanks to fine summer weather and plenty of patriotism, crowds of holiday revelers attended the annual Independence Day parade in Orleans Thursday.

The theme of the July 4 parade was "Orleans Rocks!" And the rockin' procession started at Eldredge Park Way and Route 6A, making its way to Main Street and Route 28 and back to the start. Awards will be given to the top business, non-profit and family floats.

Fireworks are scheduled at Rock Harbor on Saturday, July 6, beginning between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Visit orleans4thofjuly.com for details on parking and the best places to view the show.

 

For Eli Doolittle of Hubbardston Massachusetts a bag over is head was one way to try and beat the heat.

For Eli Doolittle of Hubbardston Massachusetts a bag over is head was one way to try and beat the heat.

The Fourth Of July was a perfect day for kilts in Orleans.

The Fourth Of July was a perfect day for kilts in Orleans.

Waving the flag at the Fourth of July Parade in Orleans.

Waving the flag at the Fourth of July Parade in Orleans.

A pair of toddlers atop their dad's shoulders watch the parade in Orleans.

A pair of toddlers atop their dad's shoulders watch the parade in Orleans.

A Fourth of July Parade staple are the old autos and their owners on Main Street in Orleans.

A Fourth of July Parade staple are the old autos and their owners on Main Street in Orleans.

The crowd along the parade route in Orleans await a scattering of candy thrown by folks on a float.

The crowd along the parade route in Orleans await a scattering of candy thrown by folks on a float.

Kevin Higgins of the Orleans police Department flashes a smile while driving the antique police car in the Orleans Fourth Of July Parade.

Kevin Higgins of the Orleans police Department flashes a smile while driving the antique police car in the Orleans Fourth Of July Parade.

Cars and crowds along the Orleans Fourth of July Parade route.

Cars and crowds along the Orleans Fourth of July Parade route.

The veiw of the Orleans Fourth of July Parade harkens back to the last century.

The veiw of the Orleans Fourth of July Parade harkens back to the last century.

The grand marshall of the Orleans Parade is Alan McClennan.

The grand marshall of the Orleans Parade is Alan McClennan.

A slightly more urban veiw of the Fourth of July Parade in Orleans.

A slightly more urban veiw of the Fourth of July Parade in Orleans.