1.0 OverviewEach year on the Fourth of July, the Hanover Recreation Department sponsors a town Independence Day celebration which includes a parade through town and festivities on the Green. Troop 45 provides a color guard that leads the parade, presents the colors at the opening ceremony, and leads the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance. This event counts as a community flag ceremony for Second Class.
2.1 DescriptionThe parade forms up at the Thompson Arena parking lot, proceeds down Summer Street to School Street, up School Street to Main Street and thence to the Green. In company with the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, we provide (at least) a four-man color guard to carry the American and Troop flags at the head of the parade. At the reviewing stand, a representative of the Hanover Recreation Department will organize the opening ceremony. The North Country Chordsmen will sing "God Bless America" and we will present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Procedures vary a little from year to year so we must be prepared to be flexible and accommodating. Parade participants assemble at the Thompson Arena parking lot starting at 0915 on Sunday, 4 July, to prepare for a step-off at 1000. We have found that a lengthy line-up time is difficult for our younger members to manage, so younger scouts may arrive as late as 0930. But don't be late! We have some significant drilling and preparation to do before step-off.
2.2 Schedule of EventsSaturday 00Jan
0915 -- Parade line-up begins at Thompson Arena
0930 -- Please arrive before this time so we can drill.
1000 -- Step-off.
1030 -- Opening Ceremonies on the Green
1050 -- Games, amusements, food, and general festivity
2.3 Expected Conditions and DifficultyBe prepared for the weather.
2.4 Special RequirementsOpen to all scouts, scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 23Jun04
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 4Jul04
3.4.1 Individual EquipmentClass A uniform throughout. Look Sharp!
Be sure to bring anything you might want during the day. You won't be able to carry anything more than a small fanny pack during the parade, however.
3.4.2 Patrol EquipmentNone.
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
3.5 Transportation PlanDrop-off Point: Thompson Arena Parking Lot
Drop-off Time: 0915 Sun 4 Jul
Pickup Point: Hanover Green. Please coordinate with your parents what you will do after the ceremony. Pickup Time: The Ceremony will be over about 1050.
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
Approved TPS 03Jul04