NEWBERRY — For the 12th straight year, residents of Harper Street will participate in an event that was born on the Fourth of July.
After 9/11, Newberry resident Kirsten Lindsay was looking for a way children in the neighborhood near Harper Street could celebrate the holiday so she and a few of her friends held a brief parade, mostly with children riding decorated bicycles, and the tradition stuck.
Even though Lindsay and her family no longer live on Harper Street, Michelle Long continued the parade and the couple who bought the house at 1725 Harper St. agreed to let their yard host the end of the parade route.
Long said several hundred people attended the purely patriotic family-oriented event last year. Participants have decorated bikes, strollers, wagons, electric cars and golf carts in years past.
The July 4 parade line up is from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. at the corner Harper and Hunt streets. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and refreshments follow on the lawn of 1725 Harper St.
Volunteers who would like to bring food items can drop them off at 1725 Harper St. by 9 a.m. July 4.
Long asked that people wear patriotic colors and come out to line Harper Street. She said children might want to wear a bathing suit under their clothing because a fire truck will spray them with water at the end of the parade route.
Also, in keeping with tradition, the children and adults will collect “Quarters for Kids.” The quarters are donated to the Newberry City Fire Department to assist children whose lives have been adversely affected by fire.