The Boone County Fourth of July parade in Lebanon will return to its traditional route this year, beginning and ending in the Lebanon High School parking lot.
Representatives of the Fourth of July committee met with police, fire, emergency medical service and emergency management agencies Tuesday morning to discuss preparations before and during the parade, which begins at 2 p.m. July 4.
The parade will form on the high school’s west parking lots. It will follow North Outer Drive to Ulen Drive, turn left to North Meridian Street, go south to East Main Street, east to North East Street, and north to Essex Drive, where it will turn east back to the high school.
Beginning at 7 a.m. July 4, no parking will be permitted anywhere along the parade route. The route will be closed to non-parade traffic at 1:30 p.m. The no parking ban will be enforced.
Parade entries should enter the high school’s west parking lots from Grant Street; they will be directed along South Outer Drive to the marshaling area.
Police and volunteers will staff traffic barricades at intersections to enforce traffic restrictions.
Parents are strongly urged to prevent children from rushing into the street to collect candy and other treats tossed from parade floats. Last year, the parade came to a temporary halt in some areas because children collecting goodies were dangerously close to parade vehicles.
Two Boone County EMS ambulances will be devoted solely to parade-related emergencies; one will be staged at the intersection of Camp and North Meridian streets, the other at East and Main streets. Roving ATVs equipped for medical response will be operated by EMS and Lebanon Fire personnel.
Memorial Park traffic will be one-way beginning this week and running through the Fourth; the North Meridian Street gate will be entry-only, and the North East Street gate, exit-only.
Lebanon Park Superintendent John Messenger said he is working with the Indiana Department of Transportation for approval to open the North Lebanon Street gate to the park, as a right-turn, exit-only alternative. INDOT must agree because the street is a state highway.