While the dog days of summer always seem to hit around the Fourth of July, the Signal Mountain community always finds a way to beat the heat with a wholehearted celebration. Like in most any small town, the Fourth of July is celebrated with plenty of stars and stripes decor, but here on the mountain, the community truly comes together to create a one of a kind celebration for everyone to enjoy.
For 20 years, Signal Mountain has continued the tradition of hosting an open invitation parade, welcoming any and all participants. The Mountain Business Association (MBA) has been the parade’s official sponsor for several years, with Jeff and Patrice Wishmeyer as the MBA’s spokespeople for the event. The parade remains one of the mountain’s delightful traditions in which everyone can partake, either by participating in the parade itself or watching from the sidelines. From the festive floats to walkers, strollers, bikers and even red, white and blue clad dogs, all are welcome to take part in this affair.
Parade participants should begin arriving at the Alexian Village by 9 a.m., with walkers and bicyclists on the front driveway. Drivers of any vehicles are also welcome, and cars are asked to line up on Signal Point Road, while trucks and floats should convene on Ohio Avenue. The parade will officially begin at 10 a.m., with a police car and fire truck leading the way to Althaus Park behind the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. Traditionally, the Signal Mountain Lion’s Club hosts its annual Fourth of July barbeque picnic at Althaus Park as soon as the parade finishes. Along with the picnic, the Lion’s Club will also be screening children’s eyes. Kids ages 1 to 6 will be able to receive free eye screenings by Club members.
The “Happy Birthday, America” fireworks display will again be held at the soccer pavilion behind the high school around dark. Viewers are welcome to come set up blankets and chairs early to get comfy and enjoy the show.
All Fourth of July festivities are fun, welcoming, and great for the community’s sense of celebration.
For any questions regarding parade festivities, contact Patrice Wishmeyer at (423) 503-6953.