Mount Carroll’s annual Fourth of July festivities featuring a parade and a spectacular fireworks display, are scheduled for Thursday, July 4.
Grand marshals for the 2019 parade are local World War II veterans Jim Hartman, Berry Williams and Jason Johns.
Pork chop sandwiches, hot dogs, brats, chips, candy, pop and water will be available from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the fire station, and after that at the West Carroll Middle School athletic field.
Parade line-up begins at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of the former public school. The parade steps off at 6 p.m., proceeding north on Main Street through the downtown and then south on Clay Street to Broadway where it turns east and wends its way to the athletic field.
The dazzling fireworks show staged by the Mount Carroll Fire Department begins around 9 p.m. Fire Chief Marty Hockman said the fireworks display is funded solely through donations, and this year’s show will cost more than $15,000.
Rain date is Friday, July 5.
Contributions to the Fireworks Fund can be given to any Mount Carroll volunteer fireman; mailed to the Mount Carroll Fire Department, P.O. Box 194, Mount Carroll, Ill., 61053, Donations can also be dropped off or mailed to the Mirror-Democrat, 308 N. Main St., P.O. Box 191 Mount Carroll.
Recent contributors include: In memory of Ed Traum, Joe and Esther Tappainer, Howard and Diane Dauphin, Darrin Dauphin/Dauphin Trucking, Mount Carroll Banking Center (State Bank of Pearl City), Barbara Sparboe, Diane Olds, Judson Smith, Mount Carroll Banking Center, Mirror-Democrat (Bob, Paula and Tom Watson).