Every community should celebrate and should mark the passing of time with observances and festivals that bring joy and reflect a keen commitment to quality of life.
So it's good that the city of Anderson has chosen to resuscitate its Independence Day parade, which has been comatose for four years.
The parade will actually be on Thursday, July 3, the day before Independence Day. The festivities will begin with the dedication of the Dickmann Town Center Plaza at 12th and Meridian streets at 4:30 p.m.
The dedication is in honor of longtime Anderson attorney Charles Dickmann and his wife, Hazel, local philanthropists who have supported many causes and projects, including the downtown park.
Food trucks will serve their specialties along Meridian Street from 4:30 to 11 p.m., and the Skeeter McGee band will perform from 5 to 8 p.m.
The parade will last from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., flowing along Main Street and Central Avenue between Eight and 13th streets. Fireworks, emanating from the top of City Hall, will cap the festivities at 11 p.m.
It all sounds like a lot of fun and is, prospectively, a major improvement on the old Midnight Parade that marked Independence Day in Anderson from 1974 to 2009. The timing of that parade, in recent years, encouraged mischief and left many families seeking a safer, more wholesome alternative.
The Anderson Independence Day parade will be a nice complement to the parade in Chesterfield, which will begin at noon on July 4.
Last December, Anderson tried a Christmas parade, and it proved to be well attended, despite the cold weather. An Independence Day parade, particularly one in the relative cool of a summer eve, should be even more popular.
Parades — and fireworks — can be expensive. Instead of laying all of the expenses at the feet of taxpayers, the city of Anderson is doing the right thing by seeking local sponsors for the festivities. The fireworks, alone, could cost about $10,000.