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Posted on: June 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] West University Place July Fourth Festivities

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The City of West University Place will host the annual Independence Day Bike Parade and Pool Party on Saturday, July 4. Participants are asked to line up in front of West University Elementary, 3756 University, at 8:45 a.m. to participate in the parade. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons, and strollers. The Bike Parade begins promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 and the parade route will continue west on University, turn south on Academy, and then proceed west on Byron to Colonial Park Pool.

The event continues at the Colonial Park Pool. The city offers complimentary pool admission to all comers and the grounds will be full of entertainment for children and their families, balloon artists, Captain USA, a caricature artist and more. Throughout the morning, there are many exciting pool activities for the entire family including the ever popular Dad’s Belly Flop Contest and the money dive.

West U Rotary will be on site conducting their 20th annual Fourth of July Cookout fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting the West U Little League Challenger Program. The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers with all the trimmings, chips, desserts and beverages, so don’t forget to bring some money or your credit card. Participate or watch; the choice is yours! The pool will remain open until 6 p.m., so plan on spending the entire afternoon with your family, friends and neighbors. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (713) 662-7420.

About the West U Rotary 20th Anniversary:
The city has partnered with the West University Rotary Club in planning and staging this Cookout for the past 19 years. The Rotary Club of West U was formed in 1995 when club president Beverly Denver organized the club’s participation in the West U Fourth of July Parade. That year, the club had a decorated float, made from a long-bed trailer, with club members riding on it. Rotarian Tom Bennett added to the scene by dressing up as Uncle Sam. Since then, several other members have taken on the role of Uncle Sam, including Bob Geary and Gene DeLaveaga. The club’s involvement in the West U Fourth of July Parade has continued ever since; this year marking its 20th appearance. Around 2000, members began the world famous West U Rotary Club Kazoo Marching Band. Club members and other West U residents attempt to play patriotic and popular songs, such as “It’s a Grand Old Flag,” “The Eyes of Texas,” and a number of military songs. Several years ago, some great Americans made appearances: Betsy Ross, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. For several years, antique cars joined in the parade. Brock Wagner, the owner of St. Arnold Brewery, brought his tie-dyed Bentley one year. The club has even had clowns and ponies show up under the Rotary banner. Overall, the Rotary Club of West U’s goal has been to enhance our city’s experience on this most patriotic day, and make it more colorful and enjoyable for everyone.

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