Fourth of July Parade Preparations

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LEWISBURG -- Independence Day parades and other festivities are being held all over Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania this weekend. A Fourth of July celebration is being held in Lewisburg.

Downtown Lewisburg will be packed with people celebrating Independence Day at the annual Union County veterans Fourth of July parade. Market Street is already a sea of red, white and blue.

The fireworks will be held tonight, and the parade is on Saturday.

"We always do the parade the weekend before July fourth because so many people do travel on the Fourth weekend," said Chris Hilkert.

Chris Hilkert said he is known as "The Float Master" in Lewisburg.

"It is absolute crunch time for the last week of the parade. We are just pulling our hair out getting things ready to go," said Hilkert.

Hilkert and his family and friends are in charge of making sure all nine floats are ready to go for the parade. Hilker said preparations start in October, but the majority of the work must be done the week of the parade.

"We pull everything out and get it completely cleaned and shined up and repaired," said Hilkert.

"Washing it all off, finishing it up, getting it ready to go in the actual parade," said Dillon Heiser.

"Me and my little brother help clean the floats. We're helping repaint the constitution. We help out with the smaller and easier things," said Bridget Gerba.

Hilkert said when the floats are lined up and the parade starts, he can relax!

"Once I'm rolling through the parade, then I feel like I can relax and breathe a little bit. Until the parade is over and it's time to bring everything back and store it for the year," said Hilkert.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on Market Street, and the festivities continue throughout the day and evening, ending with fireworks Saturday night.