Celebrate the Fourth in Cedar Key

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By Lou Elliott Jones

Clamerica may be off to Washington, D.C. this year to carry the word about Cedar Key’s clams to the nation’s capitol on July Fourth, but things will not be dull in Cedar Key.
The city is not sponsoring a fireworks show, but some residents will be putting on their own show and the morning will kick off with the annual Independence Day parade of vehicles and vessels.
Fire Chief Robert Robinson is once again having the town decked in red, white and blue with flags and bunting. And he has gathered the honor roll of residents in the military. The list of names follows this story.
At 11 a.m. folks will gather by the beachfront at City Park and line up for the annual parade. Any vehicle — or watercraft — that rolls can enter. The only rule would be that it have a patriotic, red-white-and-blue theme. It will follow the usual route around downtown and end at the park.
Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said don’t worry about the leftovers from Tropical Storm Debby. “We’ll have the beaches cleaned up.”
Cindy and Pat Bonish have been working to put on a fireworks show behind their place, the Low-Key Hideaway and Tiki Bar.
Cindy Bonish said there is no room for  spectators at a planned fireworks party at the motel, but visitors will be able to view the fireworks from the Cedar Key Cemetery Point Park at Gulf Boulevard and East Point Road.  She said the show would begin after it gets dark at about 9 p.m.