Your Chamber Board unanimously selected "Let Freedom Ring" as the theme for the 2021 July 4th Parade! Building on the recent loosening of Covid-19 restrictions and the ability to gather more freely, and honoring our nation's 245 year history, freedom is something that resonates with us all. The Chamber is awaiting approval from Plumas County and Cal-Trans for the parade and will keep everyone updated - we know everyone is anticipating a blowout celebration! The parade will follow the usual route from Collins Pine to Olsen Meadow. We are accepting donations for fireworks, leafing through the nominations for Grand Marshal, registering float entries, and generally planning for a weekend of enjoyment and celebration! The Chamber is also offering t-shirts for sale to commemorate this year's special event. We'll see you on the 4th!
A little history: "Chester’s first parades were the Stover-McKenzie rodeo parades from 1920-1938, held near the end of July, the last one being Sunday, July 31, 1938. The next year, 1939, the recently organized Chester Women’s Club sponsored its first July 4th parade, a “Horribles” parade, a theme which they repeated in 1940.
A Chester Lions Club was founded c.1939-40 which lost steam through the war years. Officially, the Lions were “re-instituted" in 1946, and became very active in community affairs, taking over the parade from the Women’s Club and VFW, and adding the pit-roasted beef community barbecue. The defunct Almanor Art Association founded the Fourth of July Art show in 1972. Joan Sayre ran the show for the next 37 years, before it was headed over to the Lions’ ladies. The Fourth celebration was community centered until the late 1960’s, early 1970’s when advertising and the word-of-mouth-spread drew larger and larger crowds of tourists. The Lions Club dwindled in membership and was forced to pass the torch to the Elks, who later handed it off to the Chamber. " Marilyn Quadrio
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