Tokeland’s Independence Day festivities will kick off with the annual parade and picnic Saturday, July 6.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. Participants should gather at the Marina no later than 10:30 a.m., and spectators should be settled in by 10:45. The road will be closed along the parade route.
Afterward, the picnic will commence on the Tokeland Hotel grounds around noon. Lunch will include hot dogs with beans, chips, drink and dessert. Donations to the Tokeland-North Cove Chamber of Commerce will be requested to defray the cost.
There will be games for all ages, including the traditional sack race, water balloon toss and for toddlers the hay pit.
This year to commemorate the parade’s 40th anniversary the Tokeland Chamber will have photo albums on display to reminisce on parades from years past — a fun way to look back at Tokeland’s rich parade history.
Gene Kuest documented the first parade in 1979 this way: “Two neighbors and I decided we would like to have a parade. We just talked it up with some of the neighbors and without any permits or permissions we hit the highway.”
For more information or to register for the parade, visit www.tokelandnorthcove.com.