Two parades are set to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The 12th Annual Belle Air Street Block Party and Parade, slated for 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.
The parade itself will start at 7 p.m. Children will decorate their bicycles and parade down both sides of Belle Air Street from Grand Avenue east.
As is tradition, Mark Twain School Principal Laurel Rosenthal will be Grand Marshall and ride the parade in an ATV driven by Pat Phelps.
The community is invited for lemonade and cookies after the parade.
A Carthage church is hosting a parade celebrating the Bible at 10 a.m. on Independence Day, July 4, and they're inviting the community to join them.
Most members of the Alpha Y Omega Covenant Church, 203 W. 10th St. in Carthage, are Hispanic, but church Pastor Wulfor Portillo said the entire community is invited to join them in praying for the community and the nation.
“We organize this Bible Parade, No. 1, to exalt the name of our Lord and Savior; No. 2, to respectfully and politely remind our community about the love of Christ; and No. 3, to allow the Holy Scriptures inside the city limits of Carthage,” Portillo said. “The Hispanic Pastors of Carthage are very happy to present you The Bible Parade of the year. It's a blessing every time we have the chance to see you in our events and the community is always welcome.”
Portillo said parade participants will walk from the Iglesia Cristiana Hispanoamericana, 122 S. Main St., around the Carthage Square, then south on Grant Street and Grand Avenue to Centennial Avenue.
Marchers will turn west on Centennial and walk to Baker Street to the El Jordan Church at 16th Street and Baker Blvd for a prayer service.
Portillo said it's the second year for the parade.