Keene to celebrate with parade, festival
Celebrate in Keene with a parade and community gathering on the Fourth of July.
The 27th annual parade steps off at 9 a.m. from N. Campus Drive. Registration opens at 7 a.m. A fee of $10 is charged for parade entries. Sheriff Bob Alford and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office will lead the parade.
The parade will proceed north on Campus to Oakdale, make a hairpin turn heading south on Old Betsy Road to Hillcrest, east on Hillcrest to Mockingbird, south on Mockingbird to Fourth Street, west on Fourth to Old Betsy Road, and north on Old Betsy back to Campus. A special viewing area for veterans will be located along Old Betsy Road in front of Pinnacle Bank. Veterans are welcome to park at the bank.
Following the parade, the chamber of commerce and the City of Keene, will offer a community celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Southwestern Adventist University parking lot.
There will be continuous door prizes, face painting and a dessert auction. A painting donated by Sleepy Read will be raffled. Food includes hot dogs, veggie burgers, nachos, drinks, international dishes from a variety of cultures and snow cones. The entertainment is free, but face painting and rides – including train rides, fire engine rides, pony rides, bounce houses and squirt gun fun – will require a purchased ticket, as does the food. All proceeds from the celebration go toward building a pavilion at Elisa Carver Park.