Throwback Thursday: Osceola Mills’ Fourth of July Parade

(Provided photo)

(Provided photo)

Nothing, in this part of the area, characterizes the Independence Day celebrations like the annual Fourth of July parade that winds through the streets of Osceola Mills Borough.

Each year, the parade is the highpoint of the Colombia Fire Company’s popular summer celebration.  It attracts thousands of visitors and spectators to town.

Through good times and bad, war and peace-times, rain, shine or humidity, the parade has endured since 1921!

One of the photos exhibits a 1925 newspaper ad announcing the parade.  The other, taken 25 years later in 1950, shows the American Legion Post No. 313 Color Guard leading the parade on Lingle Street.

Those Legionnaires were veterans of World War I or young men who were then recent veterans of World War II. The Osceola Mills Legion Post was established in 1919 and, this year, is marking its 100th anniversary.

The town was again complimented with the establishment of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5020, beginning in 1946.  Its last surviving charter member, John Sanko, passed away recently.

As usual, this year’s parade will commence at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.

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