Old Mission Patriotic Walk Around the Block; July 4, 2023 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Patriotic Walk Around the Block; July 4, 2023 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The 12th Annual “Patriotic Walk Around the Block” is happening in the village of Old Mission on the actual 4th of July this year — Thursday, July 4.

Note that it’s not officially a “parade” due to local rules and regulations. Rest assured, though, it’s very parade-like. It’s also a really fun old-fashioned community event, and I promise you’ll love every minute of it.

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The “Patriotic Walk Around the Block” begins at 11 a.m. (NOT noon, as in previous years) at Old Mission Legion Post 399, 4001 Swaney Road, in the village of Old Mission. It will go from there to Swaney Road, then to Bay Street (across from Haserot Beach), around Woodland Road to Traverse Street, ending back at the Legion Hall.

As the “Walk” ends back at the Legion Hall, there will be a short ceremony, including a pledge and a song, along with cookies and lemonade. If it’s pouring down rain, the ceremony will be inside the Legion Hall.

The Grand Marshals this year are Bruce and Jackie (Brinkman) Thomas, both of whom have deep roots in the Old Mission community.

If you’d like to walk or drive your vehicle (adorned with patriotic decorations, of course), line up on Grand Street (off Traverse Street, just down from the Legion Hall) no later than 10:45 a.m.

There will be people and pets walking, kids on bikes, old trucks and cars, and probably even a fire truck, deputy’s car and a township candidate or two, this being an election year!

I’ll be there taking pictures, so be sure and join in the patriotic fun on the 4th of July!

For more about the history and traditions of Independence Day, check out this story over at the Farmer’s Almanac.

Also Read (pics from last year)…

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