Each year on the 4th of July, neighbors join at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church for an annual parade, this year with a superhero theme. Costumes are encouraged! Potluck lunch will be held immediately after the parade.
The Annual Meeting of its members (all Broadmeadow neighbors!) is held after the parade at the potluck in the Broadmeadow Pavilion.
BNA is a non-dues paying organization designed to bring neighbors together. The Annual Meeting is a wonderful opportunity to meet the BNA leadership, learn about BNA events and hear about opportunities to get involved and support BNA.
BNA’s Rachael Garner tells us more about the event and upcoming plans for their organization:
How long has the neighborhood hosted this parade?
At least 15 years, maybe longer. So long that one of our neighborhood veterans can’t remember!
Who participates and in what ways?
Any and all are welcome– Broadmeadow neighbors and honorary neighbors alike, no matter the age or species (canine, human)! This is a family-friendly event and the kids and pups get a kick out of our brief parade around the block. The Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association provides the hotdogs and we ask neighbors to bring a side, drink, or dessert to share.
It’s a throwback to another time, isn’t it? Is that part of what makes Broadmeadow so special?
Broadmeadow is known for its neighborliness, and our sense of community has been fostered by years of keeping up traditions like this one. We aren’t old-fashioned in the least, but events like this do hearken back to a time when everyone knew and relied upon their neighbors. We love to provide the space and opportunity for that in a variety of ways throughout the year.
We voted in several new board members at our annual meeting last 4th of July who have proven themselves eager to plug in for the betterment of our community, and we’ve welcomed a good number of young couples and families as well. There’s a fresh excitement among our board members to continue the good work that’s been going on for decades in Broadmeadow and to introduce some new initiatives related to the maintenance of abandoned properties, code enforcement, etc. We have a board member retreat coming up where we plan to talk through the coming year in more detail, so stay tuned!