The Perry Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for the annual Fourth of July celebration.
The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. on July 4 with the parade.
Chamber Director Lynsi Pasutti said there is no fee or sign-up required for the parade. Those interested in having a float in the parade should start lining up at 9 a.m. in the East Perry Plaza.
The parade will head down Willis Avenue.
Pasutti said parade attendees will then make their way down to Pattee Park. Showtime Dance Studio will perform at 12:30 p.m. inside the Pattee Park Band Shell.
The dance studio will be followed by Al Welsh Orchestra at 1:30 p.m. and Catfish Charlie at 6 p.m. All of the performances are sponsored by the Perry Chamber.
Vendors will also be at Pattee Park throughout the day. Pasutti said there are a number of other activities planned by other groups during the July 4 celebration.
The Perry Fine Arts Series will present Grand Ave Ruckus, a New Orleans-style jazz band, at 2 p.m. in First United Methodist of Perry, 1100 3rd St. A homemade ice cream social will follow the concert.
The Perry Chamber will sponsor fireworks at dusk. Around $9,000 has been raised for this year’s fireworks show.
Fundraising efforts have included a pie auction, Bucket Brigade and grocery round-ups at Hy-Vee and Fareway. The Perry Chamber has set a public goal of $15,000 for the fireworks drive.
“I’m just excited to see it all come together,” Pasutti said. “Of course the fireworks are a big to-do with all of the fundraising efforts that we have put into it.”
This will be Pasutti’s first July 4 celebration in Perry. She will be taking it all in to see where the celebration can go in the future.
She encourages community members to come check out all of the activities happening on July 4.
“I’ve heard good things about the band and it’s a beautiful park,” Pasutti said. “The parade sounds like it’s a pretty good parade. It will be fun to see that come together and people come out to be a part of it. It’s a point of community pride and gathering together.”