Our Humble Beginnings

Many good and important things in the history of this world started around a table with a few close friends discussing important issues. The Lancaster Independence Day Parade was conceived in the same manner one evening while several friends were sitting around the kitchen table planning committee wondering what they could do to increase community interest in the history of the founding of this nation. The theme of "one nation under God" came to mind. Then someone suggested having a parade. Added to that was the idea of old time Gospel bluegrass music played from a brush arbor . . . hot dogs, apple pie, and home-churned ice cream of various flavors . . . all those things that remind us of wholesome, happy times gone by when America was appreciated for what it truly is: The home of the free and brave!

From this humble beginning the Lancaster Independence Day Parade has grown into an eagerly anticipated event, now in it's a baker's dozen years (2017). Each year has seen the parade participation and festival attendance grow. We're the best kept secret in Tennessee, but we want everyone to know!

So, if you like old time bluegrass music, good eats, cheerful fellowship, and just an all-round good time, please come on out and join us this July 2, 2017 (the parade is always scheduled the Sunday before July 4th). The parade begins at 6pm, with the festivities immediately following at the stage on the hayfield on next to the Methodist Church.

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