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Emstall Hills Parade 2If your group wants to march in the Fourth Fest Parade, the deadline to get your application into the hands of the parade committee is fast approaching.

Applications need to be postmarked by May 31. After that, an additional late fee of $100 will apply for those with a postmark after May 31 and none will be accepted after June 7. Applications that come in without all of the fees will not be accepted. All applications need to be approved by the board.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4 after the pre-parade, which steps off at 8:30 a.m. The 2 1/2 mile long route takes about two hours to complete.

The theme of the 2016 Fourth of July parade: Celebrating 80 years of the greatest parade on earth. One of the largest homecoming celebrations in the country, the parade includes families, schools, groups and businesses. Parade applications are available on line at or at the following locations:

  • Hugs N Kisses, 3215 Douglas Avenue
  • Sew N Save, 3701 Durand Avenue
  • Volunteer Center-Racine, 6216 Washington Avenue


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.