Since 1988. Freedom on the River kicks off with the Children’s Patriotic Parade at 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to enter all non-motorized types of childhood transportation — like strollers, bikes, wagons or skateboards — to compete for prizes for best decorations, creativity and the patriotic spirit. Registration for the Children’s Patriotic Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Demopolis Civic Center, and all children must be registered by 6:45 p.m. The age groups: birth to 4 years; 5 to 8 years; and 9 to 12 years old. There is no charge to enter the parade. After the parade and before the fireworks, attendees are encouraged to enjoy some delicious food purchased from vendors or bring something along to enjoy while everyone waits for the fireworks. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. All events will take place at the Demopolis City Landing on Commissioners Avenue, which runs parallel to the Tombigbee River. The fireworks start when it gets dark. Cooler are allowed!