By Joanne Kosey
Riverside, this parade is for you. The Friends of the Fourth along with the village of Riverside will be bringing the parade to your home on the morning of July 4.
Despite the coronavirus epidemic, the Friends of the Fourth wanted to maintain the village's tradition of celebrating Independence Day. It is a continuation of an effort the group started 10 years ago when the village was going to discontinue the parade citing a lack of funds.
In 2020, Riverside' parade will be much shorter, but no less meaningful. This year is a tribute to the first responders of our village -- our police and fire departments. The parade will assemble and start at 9 a.m. with a fire truck driven by Fire Chief Matt Buckley, followed by Police Chief Tom Weitzel driving a police car.
Following them in a Riverside Recreation Department truck will be Recreation Director Ron Malchiodi and Public Works transporting a Zydeco band. Riverside TV will travel along, capturing the event.
The parade will wind through the streets of the village, with the intent of making an appearance on every street – both east and west of First Avenue -- thus bringing the parade to you.
How can you participate? Decorate your homes, fly the flag, wear your most festive patriotic clothes, make 'thank you' signs, because Riverside TV will be televising residents as much as possible, and you might see yourself on TV.
July 3 will be quieter than other years, but Riverside TV has put together highlights of the past 10 years since the Friends of the Fourth became involved with the Concert in the Park.
The special will be played on Riverside TV that night at a time yet to be determined. The show, along with the parade, will appear periodically on Riverside TV throughout the year.
This event could not be brought to you without the cooperation of the village of Riverside, in particular the Recreation Department. The Friends of the Fourth would also like to thank Village President Ben Sells, whose message to the residents can be seen on the July 3 telecast, and Jennifer Pollock, whose recording of the National Anthem will kick off the show.
We hope you will enjoy another Riverside July 4 celebration, knowing that it will not be quite the same as former years, but will be celebration of cooperation, thanks and good will.
Remember to be safe and know the Friends of the Fourth will be working towards a great Riverside July 3 and 4 of 2021.