HERCULES -- After several dormant years due to city financial hardship, a civic celebration has been revived thanks to the Rotary Club of Hercules and the Hercules Fourth of July Committee, which have done the legwork for a Celebrate Hercules event on July 4 centered at Refugio Valley Park, 1515 Refugio Valley Road.

The day will start with a 5K and one-mile fun run (registration is at 7 a.m. and T-shirts are included in the $35 registration fee).

A parade featuring a salute to veterans starts at 10:45 a.m., with World War II veteran and POW George Funk as grand marshall, riding in a classic jeep of the era.

Both the run and parade will go from Redwood Avenue to Sycamore to the park. The streets will be closed to motor traffic for the parade and run, and police advise using alternate routes.

The park itself will have an expo from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring music, as well as community, food and vendor booths.

The event started when the Rotary chapter approached the city about putting on an Independence Day run and from there it grew to include the parade and expo, all of which are being organized and staffed by volunteers.

"We have lots of volunteers and are doing this on a shoestring budget," writes Hercules Rotary President Bill Shea.

A website has been setup at www.hercules4thofjuly.com, where the community can sign up for the run, register for the parade or a booth at the expo, volunteer, or participate or donate in some way to help the event. Or contact Shea at info@herculesdynamiterun.com.


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