Jaycees announce virtual Fourth of July parade, other celebrations


This year’s annual Fourth of July parade may have been postponed, but the Jaycees nonetheless plan to celebrate the holiday with its usual spirit, for young and old, by hosting a virtual parade live streamed through FaceBook on Saturday, July 4.

“All members and businesses of the La Porte community are invited to submit a 30- to 60-second video, highlighting favorite Fourth of July traditions and why the community is ‘La Porte Proud’,” said Ross Ratliff, spokesman. He said the Jaycees would like to compile videos and photos from past parades, and are hoping for at least 100 submissions, which will be close in size to a real parade.

There are other events planned as well.

The Jaycees are hosting a window decorating contest for local businesses, as well as a ‘La Porte Proud’ T-shirt design contest. “The overall goal is to commemorate the Fourth  of July and to showcase the amazing La Porte community,” Ratliff said.

Another Jaycees event is the Port-A-Pit chicken fundraiser, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27 at Kabelin ACE Hardware on Andrew Avenue. Pre-sale tickets are available on the Jaycees website, which will save buyers $1.00; those who do not purchase pre-sale tickets may drive up on the day of the event to purchase. All orders will be taken car-side.

For more information about these events, and to learn more about the Jaycees, visit www.laportejaycees.org or  www.laportejaycees.org/virtual4th

For 74 years, the Jaycees, an organization comprised of all volunteers, has hosted the premier family-friendly Fourth of July celebration that includes an arts and crafts festival, community fireworks, and the largest holiday parade in the state of Indiana.

The Jaycees is a leadership development organization for young professionals ages 18 to 40. “For over 70 years, the organization has been a staple to the La Porte community,” Ratliff said. “Iconic events such as the 4th of July Celebration, Deserving Children’s Shopping Tour and the Community Easter Egg Hunt are all put on by the La Porte Jaycees.

“The La Porte Jaycees is the official young professionals organization of the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP), and continues to be a premier organization in the field of leadership development and in service to the community of La Porte,” he said.

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