Since 1873, Candor has celebrated Independence Day. Many community organizations have organized the event.
The American Legion organized it from the parade to the fireworks, carnival and all the events in between for many years. In the past few years, the Legionnaires have passed along and decided to leave it for the younger generation to handle. A few brave souls stepped up and took over the planning and executing of a great celebration for the community and the committee is now comprised of a mix of community members along with the American Legion Family.
On Sunday, June 30, the Fourth of July celebration will start with an Open Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. and vendor sales from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Festivities will start again on Thursday, July 4 with the traditional parade at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is The Best of Candor, Past, Present and Future. There is still time to enter a float and everyone is welcome.
Floats in the past have been community organizations, businesses in the Candor area, marching bands, fire trucks, and residents of streets in Candor entering floats to celebrate their neighborhood.
Contact Nancy King for float information at (607) 283-3244 or email@example.com. Calling all color guards, marching bands, VFW, American Legion, and Auxiliary units: If you would like to participate in the July 4th parade, call Gwen Benners at (607) 372-8977. Also on the 4th is the annual American Auxiliary Chicken BBQ, and the carnival will operate beginning Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 6.
The fireworks are Friday, July 5, with a rain date of July 6; and the Zoomobile will be visiting. The Kiddie Parade, Dan the Snake Man, the carnival rides, a juggler, and the Candor Community Chorus concert are the highlights on Saturday, July 6.
The final day of Candor’s celebration will be a Horse pull at Side Hill Acres, admission is $7, and children under 12 are free. Gates open at 8 a.m.
For additional information, visit www.candorjuly4th.weebly.com or find them on Facebook: Candor 4th of July Celebration.