NCTC and NCCFF partner for patriotic July 4 cruise event

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

With Nebraska City’s annual Independence Day Celebration postponed this year, the Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce Tourism and Promotions Committee is partnering with the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund to provide a safe, free, and socially-distanced event for Nebraska City residents for the 4th of July.

July 4 this year falls on a Saturday, which is a regular Cruise Night in Nebraska City. The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund introduced the Saturday night Cruise Night in early April as a way to boost community morale in the early days of self-isolation requirements. Hundreds of participants proved the need for such an event.

“We are blown away by the amount of people who have been coming out for Cruise Night,” said NCCFF Advisory Committee Member Melissa Turner. “This has been so fun to witness and be a part of.”

“The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund’s Cruise Night has been an inspired success,” said Tammy Partsch, Tourism and Promotions Coordinator at NCTC. “Since we, as a community, are limited as to what we can do together this Independence Day, our Tourism & Promotions Committee wanted to figure out some way for us to celebrate. It made sense to work with NCCFF.”

On July 4, Cruise Night participants are asked to decorate their vehicles in red, white, and blue and post a photo of that vehicle on the special ‘Patriotic Parade’ Event page on the NCTC Facebook site ( The entries will be judged, and the winners will receive Chamber Bucks from NCTC. Chamber Bucks can be used like cash at Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce Chamber Member businesses throughout Nebraska City.

“Not only will this be a way for us to celebrate Independence Day together, but it’s also a way to put some money back into our local economy,” said Amy Allgood, NCTC Executive Director.

The Patriotic Parade on July 4th is free and open to anyone. Cruise Night is at 7 p.m. on Central Avenue in downtown Nebraska City.