PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Independence Day will be marked once again this year with a full day of activities in Fort Pierre and Pierre. Thursday evening will bring the Fourth of July Rodeo at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre. The Capital City Band will hold a Fourth of July Concert at the Steamboat Amphitheater in Pierre on July 4 starting after 9:00 p.m. and the Fort Pierre Fire Department’s fireworks display will start about 10:00 to 10:15 p.m.
The Fort Pierre parade is the one morning event and it gets underway at 11:00 a.m. It will follow Highway 83 south to Deadwood Street and then go west on Main Street.
Area members of the American Legion Riders will bring something new to the parade this year as they are setting up a “Veterans Viewing Spot” for vets and their families. Legion Rider member Nick Dooley says a location has been designated for vets and their families to view the parade from. Bleachers will be roped off and marked with flags on Deadwood Street near the announcers booth. He says River Cities Public Transit will offer a free ride to the viewing site from the Legion Cabin at 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. and then transport vets back to the Legion after the parade. Dooley says the idea to set up a special location just for vets seemed like a good idea for the patriotic parade.
Dooley says there will be water and refreshments for the vets and veterans of all ages, from active duty to retired are welcome at the viewing location. He says even if veterans choose not to use the transit to the site, they are welcome to find the veterans area on the parade route and join the other vets. Vets who do not drive or are unable to get to the Legion Cabin can call RCPT in advance, tell them they are a veteran and Dooley says the transit company will work with them to get them to the parade viewing spot. The American Legion Riders is a group of people that have links to the American Legion and Dooley says they all have a link to riding motorcycles.
American Legion Riders members are also planning a flag line going into Saturday’s deployment ceremony for the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and hope to offer an escort for the group when they travel to the airport to leave the Pierre area this weekend.
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