The Stanardsville Independence Day Committee (SIDC) announced that Bishop Michael V. Jackson Sr. has been selected as the 2019 Grand Marshall for the town’s 4th of July Parade in recognition for his years of dedication and community service.
Jackson, who was named in a 2017 Daily Progress article as the “fatherly figure for the Ruckersville fold” is involved in numerous community service programs in addition to his ministry. These include, but are not limited to: Youth Development Council (YDC), Greene County Transit Advisory Board, Stonewall Jackson Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Prison ReEntry Program and Lifeline Youth Programs. Thanks to Bishop Jackson’s leadership and passion, dozens of local college-bound youth have received scholarships to continue their education.
Additionally, the SIDC announced that, in a first, two Junior Marshals will be part of the annual parade. Jerry Morris of Stanardsville and Philip Hollis of Ruckersville were nominated for this honor.
Morris volunteers with the YDC, BETA Club and the National Honor Society. He also enjoys collecting donations for the ToyLift at Walmart and is a part of the Early College Scholars Program. As part of his efforts with the YDC after school program, Morris assists elementary school students with completing their homework and finishing their reading for the day. Additionally, he tutors them on other subjects with which they may need assistance.
Hollis has been a frequent and active volunteer within many local programs. He has volunteered for numerous years on the SIDC and the Greene County Fair and he assists with food programs at local ministries, including the Thanksgiving distribution of turkeys and boxed holiday meals with the Greene Alliance of Church/Community Efforts (GRACE).
On Thursday, July 4th, the Town of Stanardsville will again celebrate the Red, White, Blue ‘n Greene.
Parade line up will begin at 4 p.m. Affected roads will close at 5 p.m. and the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Roads will re-open following the conclusion of the parade.
Unlike last year where construction at the school complex necessitated restrictions on parade units, this year the parade is back to normal where route and types of entries are concerned. Additionally, construction efforts have increased the number of parking spaces available to our guests at the school making access easier than ever.
Maps for road closures, events, parking, shuttle pick up locations and bathrooms may be found online at: https://www.rwbng.org/info/directions/.
Registration forms for parade entrants, vendors and information booths are available online at: https://www.rwbng.org/info/registrationforms/. The deadline for parade registration is June 28. The deadline for vendor and information booth applications is June 15.
For those wishing to enjoy great music and family friendly fun, the gates will open to the William Monroe High School football field starting at 5 p.m. Lydia Station will play at 5:30 p.m. followed by Cheap Whisky at 6:30 p.m., singing of the National Anthem by Bert Nye at 7:30 p.m. and Groove Train at 8 8 p.m. All of this leads up to the Capitol Sheds Community Fireworks Display starting around 9:35 p.m. The winner of the 50/50 Raffle and door prize will be drawn just prior to the fireworks.