Ed Carmack

Ed Carmack was grand marshal of the 2019 Fourth of July parade.

The annual Independence Day Parade, themed “An American Holiday,” will be held 6 p.m. July 4. The lineup, on Grand Street, is open this year, from spots 12-120. The first 11 spots are reserved for honor guard, grand marshal, VFW and corporate sponsors. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce asks that you fill out a parade form to participate.

The route will follow from Franklin Street to MacArthur Avenue, to Fourth and continue to East Fourth Street hill, past the Dent County Courthouse. The extended route will allow for social distancing between groups.

Fireworks will follow after dark at Dent County Commons, by Fleetwood Pyrotechnics LLC.

Serving as Grand Marshal of the parade is George Flint, United States Army veteran. Flint’s name is synonymous with the American Legion Post 99. A 25-year member of the post, Flint has served in almost every capacity.

A Korean War veteran, Flint is originally from Illinois. He was married to wife Francis for 60 years before her passing a few years ago. When he moved to Salem 25 years ago, he immediately became a vital part of the American Legion.

First Baptist Church has announced it will not host activities on its lawn during the parade, in order to follow social distancing guidelines.