Blackwell plans for 4th of July 2020

by Charles Gerian

The Blackwell Area Chamber of Commerce and Blackwell Tourism have announced that the annual Fourth of July parade and related events are still set for Saturday, despite worries of events being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Main St. and Dewey Ave. at 10 a.m. Parade entrants will proceed south along Main St. toward the county fairgrounds. The lineup for the parade will begin at 9:15 a.m.

The decorated bike and wagon contest for children will begin at 9:30 a.m. Those participating will gather on the sidewalk at Main and Dewey.

This year's parade marshal is U.S. Navy veteran Ralph Gose, owner of Gose Jewelers. He is featured in this edition of the Blackwell Journal-Tribune.

Those who wish to enter the parade may register by contacting the Chamber of Commerce via phone at 580-363-4195 or via e-mail at

The Trinity Lutheran Church will not be sponsoring activities following the parade this year due to COVID-19.

A free swimming event, sponsored by the City of Blackwell, will be conducted at the Memorial Pool from 1 – 6 p.m. Games will be played every half-hour.