Freedom is not free.
That is the primary message organizers of this year’s Fourth of July parade hope to project to the thousands of spectators expected for Temple Terrace’s 41th annual Independence Day celebration.
The parade is being presented by the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of Temple Terrace, with Bulluck Law Group as its presidential sponsor.
Three grand marshals representing this year’s theme of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — a retired combat veteran, a current military enlistee and a high school ROTC student — are expected to grace the parade route.
In addition, Army Spc. and Purple Heart recipient Sean Tidwell, who suffered a fractured skull when his Humvee was struck by an improvised explosive device while he was serving in Iraq, also will ride in the parade. His wife, Rachel, is a city of Temple Terrace employee.
The procession of nearly 90 entrants will get underway at 10 a.m. and terminate in approximately one hour.
As in past years, the parade will begin at Gillette Avenue and Whiteway Drive and travel south to Druid Hills Road. From there, it will head west to Ridgedale Avenue, turn south and culminate at the Ridgedale Sports Complex.
Sheron Bass, principal of the Bass Law Group based in Temple Terrace, is chairman of both the parade and the evening’s festivities set to begin at 6 p.m. on the first tee of the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave.
Activities will include a medley of jazz tunes by the Cypress Creek Dixieland Band, and a variety of carnival-like treats and soft drinks from several area vendors prior to a $15,000 fireworks display, the highlight of the evening beginning at 9:15 p.m.
“The parade and fireworks have always been a part of my life,” Bass said. “It is a good time for us to step back and reflect on what this holiday means.”
Bass believes it’s also important for people in the community to know the fireworks are not funded by the chamber. Instead, they are made possible strictly by donations from area residents and businesses.
Toward that end, the chamber, located at 9385 N. 56th St., is selling 2015 newly designed “I Helped Light Up the Sky” yard signs for $100 each and red, white, and blue wrist bands for $5 apiece.
Additionally, it is promoting its “10 Bangs for 10 Bucks” campaign. The idea is that every person who donates $10 will fund 10 bangs worth of fireworks and in return will receive recognition in the form of a certificate that can be displayed in his or her home or place of business.
“Boy Scout Troop 120 is helping us by scouting out people in the city’s neighborhoods and local businesses in an effort to sell these items,” Bass said. “I’m kind of hoping it just strengthens our community bond.”
David Bulluck, founder and lead attorney of the Bulluck Law Group, is delighted to be the major financial supporter of the parade in the town in which he was raised.
“Growing up in Temple Terrace, I had so much fun at the parade and fireworks,” he said. “I want to keep that fun in the city for families and kids.”
Additionally, Bulluck will host a community cookout for the fourth consecutive year at 306 Bullard Parkway, the site of one of the city’s original homes that he renovated and now serves as the law firm’s office.
The post-parade event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include free food, drinks and music, plus games and face painting for the children.
For more information about the parade, fireworks and items for sale to help fund the pyrotechnics, call the chamber office at (813) 989-7004.