In 1984 live music provided by local DJs Bill Servies and Kevin Snyder was added and in 1985 the local radio station began airing a soundtrack for the fireworks. We continue to shoot the fireworks to an all patriotic soundtrack, and this year the music will be aired on three radio stations: WKPW (90.7 FM) in Knightstown, and WIFE (94.3 FM) and WRLN (91.9 FM) in Rushville.
Initially the fireworks display was shot from the area where Fujitsu Ten was located and when that business came to town the fireworks were moved to our present site in the field north of the Rushville Elementary school. We are very grateful to the Rush County school board for allowing us to continue to shoot fireworks on their grounds.
In 1985 George asked Chamber of Commerce director Beth Malcom if she could do a festival and parade. Beth organized the parade and festival for two years and then decided not to continue. So, in 1987 we began organizing the parade and the Optimist Club started their car show. It was at this time that the Chamber of Commerce ceased having anything to do with the parade. A number of years ago we asked the city of Rushville if their insurance would cover the Fourth of July parade and we were told no because it is a private event. So for years we have insured the parade ourselves through a local insurance agency.
The parade has not, as some contend, always been on Main Street. The first parade was held on Morgan Street. The next year it moved to Perkins Street where it stayed for many years. Eventually, the parade moved to Main Street where it stayed until 2007 when it was moved to Morgan Street. It moved back to Main Street the next year and then in 2010, during the construction, the parade landed on Harrison Street, where it really seemed to fit.