Livingston Parish residents are celebrating the Fourth of July with events in Livingston, Springfield and Walker.
The celebrations get started on Sunday in Springfield with the first Peddlem-Pushem-Pullem Parade for children 12 and younger, which starts at 5 p.m. from Springfield High School’s parking lot.
Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons and other nonmotorized modes of transportation, said celebration committee chairwoman Denise Martin.
The parade starts on Elizabeth Cox Street, turns left on La. 1037, continues on Church and Vine streets and La. 22 and ends on Carter Cemetery Road.
The celebration, hosted by the Springfield’s Team City group, continues at Fayard Field.
Martin said the event is honoring area veterans. The Rev. Terry Lobell, of In the Wind Ministries, will be on hand to lead a salute to veterans, she said. The salute will include a display of military equipment, Martin said. A classic car show and motorcycle display also are planned.
The day’s lineup features a seed-spitting contest, melon-eating contest, karaoke, auction and fireworks at 9 p.m.
It’s the ninth year for the celebration, which started when the town celebrated its 170th birthday party in 2008. Martin said the yearlong celebration included a fireworks show in July and “we decided to keep that event going every year. It’s grown from just fireworks to a pretty big event.”
For information, call Springfield Town Hall at (225) 294-3150 or (985) 974-8496.
The city of Walker and Walker High School ROTC plan to celebrate the holiday with music, food, inflatables, water slides, sno-balls and games and activities starting at noon Monday at Sidney Hutchinson Park, 30500 Corbin Ave., Walker.
The food and water slides starts at noon, and several old-fashioned races start at 3 p.m., with medals handed out after the events to children ages 6 to 12.
The game lineup incudes sack races, wheel-barrow races and three-legged races.
Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band start at 6 p.m., and the event ends with fireworks at dark.
Organizers invite residents to bring lawn chairs and blankets and plenty of sunscreen and bug spray.
Admission and the games are free, organizers said. But times of the games and other activities may change.
For information, call (225) 665-4356.
The town of Livingston is hosting its annual Independence Day celebration starting at 5 p.m. Monday in Circle Drive Park.
Organizers said the event will include games and activities for children. Those attending are encourage to bring picnic food, blankets and lawn chairs.
Fireworks will end the celebration at dark.
Call (225) 686-7153 for more information.