City adds parade to Fourth of July festivities


Madisonville will add a parade this year to the annual Fourth of July celebration, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. July 4 at the American Legion Hall, 800 N. May St.

The parade will continue south onto Highway 75, southwest on E. Collard St., turning onto N. Madison St., continuing to W. Main Street into downtown, then around the square from S. Elm St. W. Trinity St., back to N. Madison St., W. Main St., onto N. Commerce St. back to Collard St., which will take participants to Lake Madison Park.

According to Laura Lawrenz, Madisonville’s director of marketing and tourism, the city is seeking entries for both the new parade and the related car and motorcycle show.

The car and motorcycle show will begin with registration at 4:30 p.m. at Lake Madison Park, with winners announced at 7:30 p.m. Entries for the auto show are $25, but free for participants in the earlier parade.

Other events for the event include a fireworks display, a skydiving show by The Skydiving Company of Madisonville, food, arts and crafts, water slides and the Splashpad for kids, along with face painting, roping and other activities.

Modulation Band will take the stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Dennis Ivey Band will provide music from 7 p.m. until the beginning of the fireworks display.

For more information on registration for the parade or auto show, contact Lawrenz at 936-348-9333 or

Sponsors for this year’s event include: City of Madisonville, Madison County, Buc-ee’s, Wal-Mart, H.E.B., the Meteor, KMVL/KIVY, Madisonville Area Revitalization Initiative and Prosperity Bank.