We pull out all the stops for July 4 and all the neighbors are invited to come on out and enjoy the fun! Hosted annually at Norman Clayton Park, it includes a fun run/walk, parade, and picnic.
The July 4th Greentree Gallop is a two-mile fun run/walk. The course winds through the Greentree Neighborhood and is well-marked and safe. Come out to run or walk, or just step outside your door in the morning to cheer on the runners and show your support.
The event is fun for everyone from the serious runner to the fifth grader running into middle school to the walker with a baby stroller. Fast or slow, young or old, come out for the fun!!
Bring your families, wagons, bikes, strollers, anything on wheels! All decorated to celebrate the spirit of July Fourth! Participants assemble at Anana Elementary and go to Normal Clayton Park with a fire truck escort!
The Fourth of July Picnic will start right after the parade. Buy food tickets for the hot dogs and brats along with chips, soda and ice cream sandwiches! Relax and enjoy catching up with your neighbors. Game for the kids as well. It's a great time!
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It was a great 4th of July in Greentree—big crowds had big fun!
It was a fabulous 4th where friends and families gathered to celebrate our nation’s founding 247 years ago. It started at 8:30 with the Greentree Gallop “Fun Run” where participants followed the neighborhood course which started and ended at Norman Clayton Park.
Thanks to Mayo Ewanowski who coordinated the event with help from neighborhood volunteers: Virginia Evans, Dave Ewanowski, Jeff Frye, Michelle Frye, Gary Hartung, Sharon Hartung, Jeanne McLellan, Cari McLellan, Ruth Paulson and Pat Sheahan.
The next event was the Parade from Milele Chikasa Anana School to Norman Clayton Park. Prior to the 11am start, Greentree neighbor Peter Liu sang the National Anthem with many of the parade participants singing along with him. The number of kids dressed in their finest red, white and blue, riding holiday decorated bikes, wagons, strollers, scooters was astounding. Parents, grandparents and friends joined in the parade to Norman Clayton Park led by the Madison Fire Department Ladder 7 truck and accompanying fire fighters. A Madison Police squad car, provided a safe tail end of the colorful procession.
Thanks to Ruth Paulson who organized the event along with Danielle Gale. They had assistance from volunteers: Mary Jane Connor, Brian Gale, Terry Gulesserian, Steve Moore, Helen Sheahan, Pat Sheahan, and Kelsey Vandenbrook.
The Picnic at Norman Clayton Park was amazingly well attended. Over 300 people gathered (mostly in the shade of the elm trees 😊 ) to eat and drink and chat with friends and neighbors. Parents watched their kids have fun with their choice of: Ponky the Clown tying a variety of balloon creations; the tattoo table with bugs, butterflies, dinosaurs and fairies (which ran out first!); some youngsters used the sidewalk chalk and the playground got a good workout too!
Special thanks to Katie Place for organizing the picnic, including the park permits food and drink. Jay Russell coordinated the volunteers and there were a lot of them that helped set up the park, cook and serve food, man tables, and put everything away at the end.
Thanks to the following folks who made the event work: Serene Arena, Joel Batha, Kathy Batha, Stephen Block, Lynn Caravello, Mayo Ewanowski, Dave Ewanowski, Erin Fischer, Tammy Greco, Jon Greco, Bonnie Henningfield, Steve Henningfield, Melissa Hinz, Greg Hinz, Russ Jensen, Sandy Jensen, Gary Kobs, Bob Lohr, J. McLellan, Dena Miller, Mark Miller, Bonnie Mitchell, Jack Mitchell, Jeremy Orr, Mike Place, Jim Powers, Kathe Powers, Ed Reisch, Mary Lou Reisch, Dana Russell, Helen Sheahan, Pat Sheahan, and Charlie Vaughn.