Neuman: July 4 Canonsburg parade eligible for Air Force flyover

WASHINGTON, Pa., June 12 – State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, today said the United States Air Force has notified him that the July 4th Canonsburg Parade is eligible for a flyover by military jets.

“It’s not set in stone, but an Air Force flyover would be an appropriate and exciting addition to the Canonsburg Independence Day Parade,” Neuman said. “I was informed that aircraft are authorized to make one flat, level pass at the Federal Aviation Administration-prescribed altitude, typically about 1,000 feet above ground.”

Neuman said he has been working with the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to arrange the flyover for Canonsburg’s 55th anniversary July 4th Parade and Celebration, which is dedicated to first responders in the community.

“It's an honor to be involved in one of our state's largest celebrations of our nation's Independence,” Casey said.

“We would like to thank the agencies that worked together to obtain approval for the United States Air Force flyover," said Mayor David Rhone. “This is an opportunity for Canonsburg to thank and honor first responders who risk their lives daily to protect communities and save lives.  It is an incredible tribute to them!”

“This flyover makes this day even more special for our community as we celebrate our nation’s independence,” said Richard Bell, borough council president. “We appreciate Representative Neuman and Senator Casey pulling this together. “

The flyover is planned at the start of the 10 a.m. parade and would help launch over 100 patriotic entries, fireworks and events planned for the day. An estimated 40,000 residents are expected to take in the parade and activities.

The day’s festivities begin with the Whiskey Rebellion 5K run at 7:45 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Cavasina Drive, proceed west, onto Pike Street and ending at Bluff Street. Activities will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at Town Park, and fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. at the stadium, which will be open this year.

“On behalf of the entire 4th of July Committee, I would like to extend our sincere thank you to Senator Casey’s office and state Representative Brandon Neuman and his staff for their efforts to  obtain a military flyover for Canonsburg’s 55th annual July 4th celebration,” said Bill Brooks, committee chairman. “Thank you.”