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Hastings ready to welcome back 4th of July kids parade

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 9:41 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After canceling its Fourth of July parade in 2020, the YWCA of Adams County is excited to bring back its annual tradition this summer. As with many events in 2020, COVID-19 shut a lot of things down, including the parade.

However, with CDC restrictions being reduced for the fully-vaccinated, the holiday staple is back this summer. YWCA Executive Director Laura Stutte says she couldn’t be more excited for the return to normalcy, and like years past, there will be plenty of entertainment value for the kids.

“We will have interactive games from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.,” said YWCA Executive Director Laura Stutte. “We will have food vendors as well. Then at 12 p.m. on the dot we will have the actual parade, so kids can decorate their shorts or their bike and go around the fountain. It’s a short little parade, but it’s super fun to watch while the kids participate.”

For the first time in its more than 40-year history, the parade will be coming off an “off-year,” and although we’re dealing with some brutal heat this week in Nebraska, Stutte says there will be plenty of ways to stay cool at the parade if the heat is still around.

“I’m not worried about the heat,” Stutte said. “We have the same problem every year. There’s actually a lot of shadows and shade over there by the utilities, so it’s the first thing in the morning. It gets a lot hotter when it’s time to tear down and go home.”

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