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1998 Pekin Fourth of July Parade
1998 Pekin Fourth of July Parade

Pekin Fourth of July Parade

First taking place in 1830, the annual Pekin Fourth of July celebration is billed as the "oldest consecutive Fourth of July Celebration in the U.S.A." It will mark its 170th anniversary in the year 2000. Among the noted speakers over the years have been members of Congress, governors, college presidents, judges, ministers, and teachers. Programs have traditionally featured entertainment and band music, including the ever-present "Spirit of 1776 Martial Band." In 1958, the first Fourth of July queen was selected.

No history of the Pekin Fourth of July celebration would be complete without mentioning the noteworthy parades. In early years when many people came in by train, a group would meet the train and the parade would start from there. Now the parade is the main event of the day, boasting auto, trucks, floats of every description, bikes and horseback riders.

Originally submitted by: Baron P. Hill, Representative (9th District).

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