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Thousands attend the annual Fenton Freedom Festival parade. Here, visitors  line the streets to watch the floats and cars decked out in red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day 2018.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fenton Freedom Festival committee wants to let the community know that Fenton will still be celebrating the Fourth of July but in a different way while keeping our community safe.

 The Fenton Freedom Festival Committee as a whole made the decisions on what could be done this year. The committee includes Pat Lockwood, chair; Scott Grossmeyer, parade chair; Tracy Bottecelli, fundraising chair and Shelly Day, administrative chair.

THE PARADE

 This year’s parade will be a virtual parade, honoring our first responders, 2020 graduates, our non-profits and our Grand Marshal, the Fenton & Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce. Watch the parade on the Fourth of July at 10 a.m. on social media and public access television channel 191.

FENTON FREEDOM FESTIVAL KING AND QUEEN ANNOUNCED

 The 2020 Fenton Freedom Festival king is Brody Stack and the queen is Chelsea Bujak, who will represent Fenton at various events in the upcoming year. The Festival and Chamber of Commerce are proud to present both winners with $1,000 scholarships.

CONTESTS — DEADLINE IS JULY 3

 Show your patriotism by decorating your business or residence in traditional red, white & blue. Prizes awarded to best of both categories.

 Kids — show off your bikes decorated for Independence Day. Prizes awarded for the best decorated bike.

PRIZES:

• Best decorated business - $100 gift card to a Fenton business of your choice

• Best decorated residence - $100 gift card to a Fenton business of your choice

• Best decorated kids bike - $250 gift card to Cycle-Fit

 To enter the contest, email a picture of the front of your business or home, or a picture of your bike, to: info@fentonchamber.com

FIRECRACKER ROAD RACE

 The 5K and 2.5K road race will be virtual this year. Register online at fentonlindenchamber.com.

 Choose your own starting line, run the race distance, upload your finishing time and receive a medal and T-shirt. This is sponsored by Fenton Freedom Center.

2020 GRAND MARSHAL

 The Fenton & Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce was selected as the 2020 Grand Marshal of the Fenton Freedom Festival. Since there will be no physical parade this year, they will be recognized as Grand Marshal in 2021.

 The Fenton Freedom Festival sincerely thanks the Committee, city of Fenton police, fire and DPW departments, along with area service and non-profit organizations and numerous volunteers for their time and efforts in working to create a celebration for this Independence Day during this global pandemic.

 “We are saddened that the Festival is not the same this year, but encouraged that our residents will remain safe and well,” said Shelly Day, committee administrative chair, and Chamber executive director.

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