Piedmont’s 4th of July Parade

PIEDMONT, S.D. – Rain or shine, people from all over gathered in downtown Piedmont for the annual 4th of July parade.

Hundreds of people came out to watch one of the largest parades in the state. With dozens of floats, food vendors and music, there is a lot to appreciate about this annual tradition. “Between the cars and the horses and the families with their tractors and trailers, we love it. It really makes us a hometown parade and that’s what we’re all about,” said Tom Hunwardsen, the Commander for Post 311. The theme of this year’s parade was “Flags of Our Heroes.”

Brittany Codon from Rapid City said, “This is our first time coming out here and we heard that this was the parade to see, so we came out. I wish it wasn’t raining but we’re excited to be here. We just like all the floats, it’s fun in the small towns because you have people you know or local like you 4-H groups. I know we’re really excited about the flyover, so that was one reason why we came out.”

Thanks to Ellsworth Air Force Base, a B-1 flyover was the newest addition to this annual parade.

Proceeds from today’s events and activities will go to the Piedmont Fire Department fire works fund and other community benefits.

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