Thousands attended the Clear Lake Fourth of July Parade.

CLEAR LAKE | Clear Lake Fourth of July Parade goers will see Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg walk the route this year.

Clear Lake’s parade down Main Avenue is a local favorite.

“The parade is just like a Norman Rockwell slice of Americana,” Fourth of July Committee Chairwoman Alice Hanley said.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 4. There are quite a few creative floats in the parade to watch out for, Hanley said.

The grand marshal this year is Betty Sherman whose family owned the Lake Theater for 40 years before selling it in 2016.

Fourth of July weekend pulls in a huge crowd in Clear Lake. The estimated tourism revenue for the Fourth of July is well over $10 million for the weekend, Hanley said. The entire event is put on by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

“If you like to get your fix of carnival food, this is the place,” Hanley said, laughing.

The six days of activities include amusement rides, bingo and open-air craft show and live music every night in the band shell at City Park.

Festivities begin Thursday night. The Evans United Shows Carnival opens 5 p.m. Thursday night to kick off the weekend.

“I’m a kid at heart so I love the carnival,” Hanley said. “It goes back to a simpler time.”

There’s something for everyone, Hanley said. The bingo tent opens at noon Friday through Tuesday. Arts and Craft Fair will be held all weekend. Music groups will perform at 7 p.m. each night.

“We always have a great line up of entertainment,” Hanley said.  

Classic rock group Crossfire will take the Band Shell stage Thursday. On Friday, The Punching Pandas look to party.

Styx, Journey & REO Speedwagon tribute band Arch Allies will perform Saturday and StraitRun Band hits the stage Sunday. Sunday brings The Hepperly Band to the City Park Band Shell.

Sunday is Family Fun Day and Wrist Band Day for the carnival. Family Fun Day Events include the Family Feud Game Show and family fun time games in the afternoon.

Denny's School of Dance will perform Tuesday afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Band Shell.

The main attraction on the Fourth of July begins with the Clear Lake Municipal Band starting at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. when the fireworks over Clear Lake begin.

“The fireworks are breathtaking,” Hanley said. “Over the lake and how it reflects off the water.”


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