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Celebrate July Fourth in Mason “Hometown U.S.A.”

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Posted at 8:39 AM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 08:39:11-04

MASON, Mich.  —  If their Independence Day celebration is any indication, you can see why Mason calls itself “Hometown USA.” The Mason holiday events are all on Thursday, July 4 and will include an old car show on the Courthouse Square from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the big evening parade downtown at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks show east of the Ingham County Fairgrounds starting at dusk.

The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the largest Fourth of July evening parade in the mid-Michigan area. The step-off time is at 7:30 p.m. From fancy floats to flashy cars to tractors of all colors and sizes -- the parade has enough variety to please just about anyone. The Chamber’s parade events are presented by CP Federal Credit Union and sponsored by the Michigan Steam Engine & Threshers Club.

Due to street construction, the detoured parade route (for this year only) is as follows: starting from the Mason High School south parking lot, the parade proceeds north on Barnes Street, then around the Courthouse by turning west on Ash Street, north on Jefferson Street, east on Maple and then turns south on Rogers Street to return to the school’s west parking lot via Holt Street.

The organizers remind people that this is an open parade, so all parade units are to line up at the Mason High School south parking lot at 6:00 p.m. Those with trailers and vehicles not in the parade are to park them in the north and west lots and bring only parade units to the south lot. All units must abide by parade rules and city ordinances, including a prohibition on throwing candy or other items.

“Sheridan Realty & Auction, Mason Optimist Club, A&W, Ingham County, the City of Mason, Knights of Columbus, Mason Girl Scouts, Mason RailTime Adventures, and Granger are also parade event partners. Their sponsorship makes this all possible,” says Hannah Warvel, MACC program assistant.

Before the big parade, the County Seat Old Car Club’s 33rdannual “Cruise Back in Time” car show will take up a good part of downtown Mason. The 200 entry show is open for viewing 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and draws crowds of people throughout the day. The show features food and beverage availability all day long provided by Mason area groups and restaurants.

After the parade is over and when it finally gets dark, there will be a big fireworks show east of the Ingham County Fairgrounds, about eight blocks east of downtown. The fireworks are sponsored by the Mason Firefighters Association and are assisted by other area fire departments.

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