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If rain or as some have said over the years, “a heavy dew” can’t stop the Pekin Fourth of July, neither can Covid-19.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced today that Indiana would not be moving to Stage 5 but instead what he called, “Stage 4.5.” 

Pekin Community Betterment Organization President Taylor Humphrey said the Oldest Continuous Celebration of our Nation’s Independence will continue as planned. 

“I’m sure most of you have heard that the Governor went to Stage 4.5 today and we did not completely make it to Stage 5,” said Humphrey. “I’m sure we will be getting a ton of questions, however we are still on for the 4th!! Yay! This is such good news and I am so relieved!”
 
Humphrey had earlier suggested those in attendance to wear masks and during today’s statewide press conference, Gov. Holcomb urged Hoosiers to continue wearing masks. 
 
“We are STRONGLY recommending that masks be worn,” said Humphrey. “This is per the Governor and not just the CDC anymore. It will be hard for us to “require” but instead of just recommending we are begging people to do their parts.” 
 
Here is a schedule of activities in Pekin this Saturday. 
 

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,
Coordinator

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