The 190th Pekin 4th of July is being planned and will take place on schedule, as long as Indiana’s Back on Track plan progresses to Stage 5. 

Here is the itinerary from the Pekin Community Betterment Organization. 

The theme of this year’s parade is “Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, and Brave Hearts”
and the honorary Grand Marshall is the late West Washington Football Coach Phillip Bowsman. His family will be riding in the parade in his honor. 

“Phillip’s passing was so tragic and sad and really not only united the county but the entire state,” said Taylor Humphrey, President of the PCBO. “We contacted his family and they will be riding in the parade in his honor. He was a true hero even after he passed away and was an organ donor that helped others.”

The parade is a bit different this year and a registration form has to be filled out and returned before July 4. See story here –

The day’s shortened activities include: 

8:00 a.m. – Parade line-up at Eastern High School Parking Lot

10:00 a.m. – PARADE Tisha Coles, Coordinator with Family & Friends

Immediately After Parade – Innovation by Jeremy Goen- Pekin Church of
Christ Minister

Presentation of “Colors”- Pekin American Legion Post 203

Star-Spangled Banner – Vocals by Caiti Kemker

Pledge of Allegiance by Pekin American Legion Post 203

Reading of the Preamble of Declaration of Independence by Eastern High
School Valedictorian – Carrie Hoke

Back Home Again in Indiana – Vocals by Caiti Kemker

Welcome Patrons – Taylor Humphrey, Pekin 4th President of the PCBO

11:30 a.m. – Dollars for Scholars of Eastern High School Ray Ramsey and
Terry Thixton

12:30 p.m. – Prince and Princess Contest on Stage – Darlene Hall,

2:00 p.m. – Queen Contest – Darlene Hall, Coordinator

3:00 p.m. – 2020 Queen Crowning Announcement

Special Thanks and Closing – Taylor Humphrey, President PCBO 2020

Masks are not required but suggested and social distancing and CDC guidelines are asked to be adhered to for the safety of everyone.