July 4, 2007: Lots of Parades

Sen. Sam Brownback in the Pella (IA) July 4th Parade
Photo courtesy the Brownback campaign.


Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)  (July 2-4 visit)
Sen. Biden walked in the Urbandale Independence Day Parade (starting at Old City Hall); addressed the 4th of July Picnic at Marshalltown Veterans Home in Marshalltown; attended a 4th of July house party and barbeque at the home of Nate and Meg Boulton in Des Moines; and was featured speaker at a Woodbury County Democrats' Truman Club fundraiser at the home of Carl and Ann James in Sioux City.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)   (July 2-5 visit, including her first joint campaign swing with former President Bill Clinton on July 2-4).
The Clintons marched in the Clear Lake Parade; attended a "Rally for Change" event at the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo; and attended a "Rally for Change" event at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)  (July 3-7 "River to River" statewide bus tour with his wife Jackie and their two daughters).
Sen. Dodd and family rode in the Norwalk Fourth of July Parade; did meet and greet at the post-parade luncheon at Pleasantville Elementary School in Pleasantville; spoke and served ice cream at the Fourth of July Celebration at North Park in Wellman; stopped at the 4th Fest at St. Morrison Park in Coralville; stopped at the Freedom Festival  at 1st Street SW and 1st Avenue in Cedar Rapids; and watched fireworks from Kernel Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)  (July 3-4 visit)
Obama, wife Michelle and their two daughters attended an Independence Day celebration at Smokey Row Coffee House in Oskaloosa; an Independence Day celebration at the home of Dan and Heather Vroom in Pella; an Independence Day celebration at Beaverdale Park in Des Moines; and the Iowa Cubs game against the New Orleans Zephyrs at Principal Park in Des Moines.  (more)

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)  (July 2-4 visit)
Sen. Brownback rode in the Urbandale 4th of July Parade in a 1966 Mustang convertible; rode in the Ames 4th of July Parade on a trailer with hay bales; and walked in the Pella 4th of July Parade.

former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) (June 30-July 4 visit)
Gov. Romney marched in the Clear Lake Fourth of July Parade in Clear Lake; marched in the Ames Fourth of July Parade in Ames; hosted an ice cream social at The Ice Cream Shoppe in Waukee; and marched in the Waukee Fourth of July Parade in Waukee.

New Hampshire

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)  (July 3-6 visit)
Gov. Richardson walked in the Amherst Fourth of July Parade; walked in the Merrimack Fourth of July Parade; attended a Fourth of July house party with Democrats in Bow; and did a "job interview" event at the Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown.   (The Fourth of July fireworks he planned to watch at Holman Stadium in Nashua were canceled due to rain).

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)  (July 3-5 visit)
Rep. Hunter called in to The Morning Show, WNTK-FM, Upper Valley Radio; appeared at a Rotary Club pancake breakfast at Merrimack High School in Merrimack; walked in the Town of Amherst parade, accompanied by eight volunteers and a support vehicle; walked in the Town of Merrimack Parade with Merrimack Mayor Dave McCray; did an interview with LA Times reporter Scott Martelle; and went to WMUR-TV Channel 9 studios in Manchester to appear on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.


Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Participated in three parades in his Congressional District, was interviewed on two cable television news networks, one which was, in effect, a debate with Rep. Duncan Hunter, attended some picnics and barbeques, and met with senior campaign staff.

former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) (spent June 29-July 3 in Iowa)
In the morning Gov. Huckabee ran in the annual Firecracker Fast 5k road race in Little Rock, AR.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Spoke at an Independence Day re-enlistment and naturalization ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Participated in the Friendswood Fourth of July Parade in his district (as a member of Congress).

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Attended the unveiling of a statue of Danny Dietz, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in July 2005, at Berry Park in Littleton, CO.

former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-WI)
With his family in Madison, WI.

former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA)
Off the campaign trail due to emergency eye surgery to repair a partially detached retina in his right eye.

No information: Giuliani, Edwards, Gravel.
Copyright © 2007  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action