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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Coralville Announces Grand Marshals for 4thFest Parade

The Coralville 4thFest Committee has named Senator Bob and Sue Dvorsky as Grand Marshals for 2018. The Dvorskys will lead the parade, which begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 4.

Senator Bob and Sue Dvorsky are long-time Coralville residents and 4thFest supporters. Senator Dvorsky was elected to his seventh term in the Iowa Senate in 2014. Before serving in the Senate, he spent seven years as a State Representative in the Iowa House. Prior to that, Senator Dvorsky served on the Coralville City Council for seven years; currently he serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County and on the Community Corrections Improvement Association Board.

As a state legislator, Senator Dvorsky has held multiple leadership roles, including chairing the Appropriations Committee for 12 years. He has served as a voice for Coralville in the legislature and was instrumental in the state’s response to natural disasters in 2008.

Sue Dvorsky retired in 2010 after a 34-year career in the Iowa City Community School District. She enjoyed working for the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties, as well, and now continues volunteer work with them, the Coralville Community Food Pantry, and tending the flower beds at Coralville's Old Town Hall.

The Dvorskys were the first residents of Coralville’s Old Town, which was redeveloped after the 2008 floods. They have two daughters, Ann and Caroline.

About the Parade

The Coralville 4thFest parade is the area's largest Independence Day parade. The two-mile route begins at the intersection of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue. Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, always stay behind the curb when watching the parade.  Learn more about the parade at The 2018 parade theme celebrates Coralville as “the Hub of Hospitality”. Coralville became known as the hub of hospitality in the late 1960s following expansive growth of restaurants, hotels and motels, and things to see and do. This moniker remains true for Coralville today.

Commemorative Buttons

Each year, from 2013 until Coralville's 150th birthday in 2023, Coralville unveils a special limited edition, individually-numbered commemorative button. The annual button highlights a location, event, or person significant to Coralville's history. The 2018 button commemorates the Hub of Hospitality. Individually-numbered pins are on sale to the public for $3 each at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street, while supplies last. Proceeds support Coralville Festivals including 4thFest, FRYfest, BrrrFest, and Aisle of Lights.

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