JCI USA Celebrates Independence Day

Across the country, JCI USA Local Chapters kept busy celebrating our country’s 241st year of indepenence with parades, festivals, fireworks displays and and a record setting fishing tourament.

Catch up with some of our chapters in the news below:

Alliance, Neb. — The Alliance Jaycees fireworks displayed awed the local crowd over the 4th.  https://www.panhandlepost.com/alliance-jaycees-annual-firework-show-photo-gallery/

Ann Arbor, Mich. — The Ann Arbor Jaycees celebrated an “American Mosocic” in their 27th installment of their Independence Day Parade.

Highlights include Parade Grand Marshall Jim Toy, former diversity coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity University of Michigan, kids’ bicycle decorating contest and the “Lawnmower Drill Team” from the neighboring Redford Jaycees.  http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/07/annual_fourth_of_july_parade_h.html

Appleton, Wisc. — The Appleton Jaycees pulled out all the stops on their 80th year of fireworks. With Video http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Appleton-set-for-firework-show-Monday-night–432360013.html


Bemidji, Minn. — Independence Day marked the end of the Bemidji Area Jaycees six-day long Water Festival.  With Video https://lptv.org/bemidji-booms-over-the-fourth/

Elkin, NC — The threats of storms didn’t keep festival goers from Municipal Park and the Elkin Jaycees FreedomFest. http://www.elkintribune.com/news/14834/video-elkin-jaycees-host-freedomfest

Frankenmuth, Mich. — It wouldn’t be Independence Day in Michigan’s Little Bavaria without the 42nd installment of the Frankenmuth Jaycees Volkslaufe.  http://www.abc12.com/content/news/The-peoples-race—Volkslaufe-in-Frankenmuth-432347973.html

Frankfort, Ind. — Safety was key for the Frankfort Jaycees annual display.  http://clintoncountydailynews.com/2017/07/05/frankfort-jaycees-launch-safe-23-minute-display/

Greenville, NC — Rain didn’t put a damper on the Greenville Jaycees 46th annual Fourth of July Festival. Food, entertainment, activities, other vendors and attendees braved the weather during the late afternoon, helping to raise funds for the chapter’s beneficiary: Aced for Autism.  http://www.reflector.com/News/2017/07/05/Fourth-Of-July-Fireworks-a-success-despite-heavy-rainfall.html

Hannibal, Mo. — The Hannibal Jaycees we’re busy with several events over the weekend as a part of their 64th annual Tom Sawyer Days.  http://www.hannibal.net/news/20170702/dawson-behl-is-national-fence-painting-champion

LaPorte, Ind. — The LaPorte Jaycees continued their long tradition of being the “Capital of the State for a Day,” with their parade on the 4th.  http://www.laportecountylife.com/community/family/65864-the-city-of-la-porte-indiana-s-capital-for-the-day-celebrates-patriotism-and-pride-at-annual-fourth-of-july-parade

Ludington, Mich. —  The Ludington Arre Jaycees honored local Ludington HS Boys’ Basketball Team as parade Grand Marshalls as part of their Freedom Festival celebrations.  http://www.shorelinemedia.net/ludington_daily_news/jaycees-freedom-festival-grand-parade-brings-celebration-to-ludington/article_89d178b0-60f0-11e7-bc98-4fe6caa55edb.html

Video http://www.shorelinemedia.net/ludington_daily_news/ludington-area-jaycees-freedom-festival-grand-parade-part-one/youtube_7c08a246-60fd-11e7-9f76-f3b6dc56ba35.html

Palatine, Ill. — The Palatine Jaycees kicked off the long holiday weekend with a parade at the Hometown Fest.  http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20170701/palatine-parade-emphasizes-red-white-and-blue–

Peoria, Ill. — Downtown Peoria was alive with the sound of feet, as the Peoria Jaycees Firecracker 5000 toed off for its 37th year.  http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/kick-starting-the-fourth-with-the-firecracker-5000-5k/757550385

Texas City, TX — This year’s Texas City Jaycees Tackle Time fishing tournament reeled in two state record shark catches.  http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/07/10/1000-pound-hammerhead-shark-shatters-record-in-texas-fishing-tournament.html


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