Montrose celebrates ‘American Patriots’

Bridgewater Church’s float depiction of Washington Crossing the Delaware earned the Grand Marshal trophy in the Montrose Patriotic Parade on Thursday, July 4. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Bridgewater Church’s depiction of Washington Cross the Delaware took top honors in the Patriotic Parade Float Contest during the Montrose July 4th Celebration. The float entry received the Grand Marshal trophy and was awarded $200.

The Montrose July 4th Celebration is sponsored by the Montrose Area Kiwanis and Lions Clubs.

The theme of this year’s event was “American Patriots.”

Members of the American Legion Post 154 and VFW Post 5642 served as the Grand Marshals, and as a special tribute, Bud Wilcox was recognized as the Honorary Grand Marshal. Wilcox has played “Taps” at many funerals and memorial services for veterans over the past 25 years.

The Gift of Life Donor Program float earned second place with a $150 prize; followed by the Blue Star Mothers of NEPA in third place and a $100 award. Endless Mountains Health Systems, the Harford Fair and Old Mill Village floats placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, and each garnered $50 for their entries.

The winner of the Ted Brzuska Memorial Trophy, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area, for the float best depicting “service to youth” went to the Susquehanna Community Cheerleaders who were awarded the $100 prize.

In addition to the patriotic parade, vendors were set up on the Green, and a chicken barbecue was served.

Independence Day festivities culminated with a giant fireworks display, sponsored by the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce, with viewing at the Montrose Area Jr.-Sr. High School.

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