City of Custer celebrates Fourth of July with parade, flag ceremony
CUSTER, S.D. — It was a day full of celebratory events in Custer for Independence Day.
Hundreds flocked to the downtown area to enjoy some fun in the sun, music and parades.
“It was so spectacular.”
“We really enjoyed the parade.”
“Well we woke up to a plane flying over our hotel and that was amazing.”
“It’s a beautiful day. We have so much sun and Brant told us yesterday there’s not going to be any storms. He guaranteed that.”
There was plenty of excitement Saturday in Custer as residents and visitors gathered to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities. To the cheer of onlookers, it all began with a B-1 Flyover, followed by the annual Children’s Parade and The Patriots Parade.
Red, white and blue colors could be seen everywhere as citizens showcased their love of country. Executive Director of Custer’s Chamber of Commerce, Dolsee Davenport says it doesn’t get any more American than that.
“It’s such a patriotic day,” Davenport said. “I think everyone just loves to see the fire trucks and the emergency service vehicles and then of course, we have four World War II veterans in the parade today. It is so incredible to see them.”
Patti Geyer says seeing The Patriot’s Parade brought on emotions she was not expecting.
“When the fire department was going through, I don’t know what happened, but I got a few tears in my eyes and I just felt proud,” said Geyer, a resident of Custer.
With many cancelled events throughout the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Custer is for many a welcome change of pace.
“This was our first parade because the parades in our state have been cancelled so we were thrilled to be here in the Black Hills where patriotism and America is alive and well,” said Jana Cass, a visitor of the Black Hills.
“Well on our side of the state like on the other side ’cause we’re on by Sioux Falls like due to the COVID they cancelled everything and it’s so depressing,” said visitor Dale Porras. “When we come here it’s just everyone is a part of it. It’s like we gotta move. We’re moving.”
The City of Custer also held a flag raising ceremony that’s been a tradition since 2012.