Jacksonville continues patriotic tradition on Monday

By Ryne Turke on July 2 at 6:56am

Independence Day was definitely the theme for Wednesday’s edition of WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?”

Representatives from the sixth annual Fourth of July Blast and Rotary Fourth of July Parade, both taking place on Monday, were featured on the program.

Deanna Warbonnet highlighted a number of free events offered to the public at Nichols Park throughout the day.

“Our speaker for the veterans ceremony will be Mike Doss. The patriot pet contest will feature your bunny rabbit, hamster, dog and cats. There will also be the sixth annual Wild, Wild Wiener Dog Race, cardboard races, bingo blast and the Sunrise Rotary Cake and Pie Contest,” says Warbonnet.

The Kid Zone, featuring various games, will be open from noon to 7 p.m.

The animal events will open at 7:30 a.m. At the Memorial Area and the Pavilion Stage will feature live entertainment and contests up until the firework display over Lake Mauvaisterre at 9:30 p.m.

Cathy Jo Littleton-Wahl shared details on the annual Rotary Parade.

“We will form up at Duncan Park, go down State Street and all around the square then come out. We think we are at about 60 to 70 (entries). That is a good, full parade. We want to have a robust parade,” says Littleton-Wahl.