Watertown will celebrate Independence Day with a bang Friday, and the festivities kick off with the annual Stars, Stripes and Squirtguns Parade.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Watertown Elementary School, following the course of Main Street and ending at Watertown OPTIX. An area for those who wish to remain dry will be available.
It is not too late for participants to sign up for the parade. Applications are available at watertowntn.com and will be accepted until Friday at noon.
Participation is free for non-business individuals and nonprofits, or $20 for businesses or politicians. Parade entrants should arrive at the elementary school at 5 p.m.
The parade will be followed immediately by an old-fashioned political rally, allowing political candidates an opportunity to address the crowd with their views, but it will not be a debate. Each candidate will be allowed two minutes to speak.
A cake-auction will be incorporated into the rally, and feature some of the best homemade cakes in the area. To donate a cake for the auction, cake donations will be accepted Friday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Watertown Gazette at 412 Public Square.
A community softball game will follow at the ballpark, followed by fireworks, which will begin just before 9 p.m.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the political rally or is in need of additional information may contact Watertown-East Wilson Chamber of Commerce vice president Jimmy Foster at 615-237-1776.