Miniature horse Doc pulls a wagon carrying Clint Cordova and Henry Cordova, 1, during the 2018 Fourth of July parade. The Cordovas also had regular-sized horses in the parade.

Salida will celebrate our country’s Independence Day with music, food, a parade, fireworks and much more Thursday at Riverside Park.

KneeOn and Vehicle will headline the music that night.

“We take pride in calling this a hometown event, and we welcome all of our locals and visitors to come spend the day with us,” Vickie Sue Vigil, president of the Salida Business Alliance, said. “We want people to come and go all day and watch the fireworks at the end; it’s a great way to spend Independence Day.”

The Fourth of July Celebration will begin at noon when Camden McClean sings the national anthem at the park. McClean is a family member of local Salida Rotarian Larry Ford.

Following the national anthem, Salida Circus will entertain the crowd.

Ark-Valley Freedom Singers will perform at 1:30 p.m.

Salida Brass will take the stage at 2:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m., the parade will take place, traveling down F Street from Alpine Park to Riverside Park. The hometown parade doesn’t require an entry form and there will be no prizes – the SBA just encourages people to show their patriotism and be in the parade.

The first 30 kids in the parade will also receive a free day-pass to Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, available at the parade’s lineup, which will start at 3:30 p.m. at Alpine Park.

Participants can walk or decorate their bikes, while those who drive are asked to tune their radios to 102.9 FM to sync music for the parade.

After the parade, KneeOn will take the stage from 5-6:30 p.m. KneeOn is a trio that not only has a strong set of original songs but also plays a range of covers, including classical and Southern rock, modern blues and jammin’ country.

The band features sisters Aerial Smith on guitar and Skylar Smith on bass as well as Salidan Alan Mueller on drums and backing vocals. The young, energetic trio also just recorded their first EP.

Vehicle, the event’s headliner, will take the stage and perform from 7-9:30 p.m. Some of the band members have been in Vehicle for 20 years, while others joined in the last year. Together, this group creates music that entertains every age and keeps people on their feet.

The ever-evolving concepts that owner/producer/leader Larry Lafferty produces keep people coming back to see what he will create next and, according to the band’s bio, its world-renowned artists have been in the business long enough that they are well trained in the art of high quality entertainment.

The fireworks show will begin at dusk, weather permitting.

The Salida Rotary Club will host a beer garden and serve brats and burgers at Riverside Park. A game tent and jump house will also be set up, along with vendors including Julia’s Fajitas, King Kaeng’s Rotating Curry, Tacos El Tapatio, Whitewater Kettle Corn, Lost Cajun’s beignets, Blue Truck Ice Cream, Los Amigos – Nachos, Rachel’s Sandwiches and some Salida High School fundraisers.

Vigil also wanted to thank the event’s sponsors for helping make it possible. Monarch Mountain and Bach Builders are the music sponsors, while Amicas Pizza, The Lost Cajun, Su Casa Furniture & Sleep Shop, Salida Family Dentistry and Kaledoscope Toys are also sponsors. Vigil also wanted to thank the city of Salida and The Mountain Mail.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” Vigil said, referring to all of the event’s sponsors.

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