A more than 25-year tradition in the Puyallup community is continuing this year as the only Fourth of July event in town.
The Family Social & Puyallup Community Band Concert at Meeker Mansion is slated for Monday (July 4).
“The yard (at the mansion) opens for kids games at 2 (p.m.), and the Puyallup Valley Community Band starts performing at 3,” said Andy Anderson, of the Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion. “There is also an ice cream social the whole time as well.”
Typically, Anderson says several hundred people come out the mansion to partake in the event, and it provides a “missing link” of a community Fourth of July celebration.
The Puyallup Valley Community Band of nearly 50 members is the main attraction.
“It’s a multi-generational group that plays all of the old favorites,” Anderson said. “It gets hands clapping and feet tapping.”
The concert is free, but members of the historical society will host a snack shack selling strawberry shortcakes, hot dogs, soft drinks, cold water and more.
Rich Powers, conductor of the Puyallup Valley Community Band, says the band performance is straight of the Meeker era.
“Community bands were a big deal in that era,” he said. “The audience is always so appreciative of us being there.”
The group is made up of members ranging in age from 14 to 96.
“Come early to get a good spot,” Anderson said.
The festivities start at 2 p.m. at the Meeker Mansion, located at 312 Spring Street.