SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherdstown’s annual 4th of July parade and community picnic is returning this year after a two-year hiatus.

The parade and picnic will be held on the 4th itself, which is a Monday this year. Both events will be held rain or shine.

The parade will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. on German Street downtown. It will last about an hour.

The parade committee invites any area institution, organization, business or individual in good standing to join in the parade. Floats are encouraged. Antique vehicles are always welcome. There is no fee to participate, but participants must register beforehand, according to a press release from the committee.

A picnic featuring live music will be held right after the parade, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

There will be lots of free children’s activities, including a waterslide, scavenger hunt, a water balloon toss, and face painting.

The Rotary Club will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs, or folks can bring their own picnic lunches if they prefer.

For more information go to “Shepherdstown 4th of July Parade and Picnic” on Facebook.