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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The weather is impacting holiday plans in the Philadelphia region. The fireworks and concert Saturday night at Penn’s Landing are canceled.

But there are still more celebrations this weekend in the city.

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Organizers are expecting the perfect weather for a parade on Monday.

Preparations for the parade are in full swing.

The Salute To America Independence Day Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday on East Market Street.

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It’s set to feature 70 different elements including floats, marching bands, drill teams, dancers, and more.

On Saturday and Sunday crews will be assembling floats at The Convention Center.

“We are in our final stages of prepping the floats for the parade,” a man said. “This is always the exciting moment when you out the final touches on it you make sure that everything is very presentable and beautiful for the parade audience, and a lot of stapling and drilling and fluffing all kinds of things, flowers, trees all kinds of stuff.”

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Organizers are expecting clear skies for festivities on July 4.

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Ohio Governor DeWine Declares August 9 Dolly Parton Day

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a proclamation declaring August 9 as honorary “Dolly Parton Day” to commemorate the success of Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one book each month until their fifth birthday, 60 books. All kids in Ohio are eligible, and this program is available at no cost to families.

A press release by DeWine’s office states, “Championed by First Lady Fran DeWine and supported by the Ohio General Assembly and affiliates across the state, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio currently mails more than 327,000 Ohio children a free, age-appropriate book every month. The program is open to children up to the age of five in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.”

To date, the Ohio General Assembly has funded the program with over $16 million to continue putting more books in the hands of children across Ohio.

We are excited to welcome @DollyParton and @dollyslibrary to Ohio tomorrow to celebrate the success of @ImaginationOhio!

Sign up for #ImaginationOhio:

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) August 8, 2022

On Tuesday, first lady Fran DeWine held her first annual “First Lady’s Luncheon” with Dolly Parton in attendance to celebrate the success of the Imagination Library in Ohio.

Quality early childhood education & early learning can help counteract the stressors that children living in poverty may experience. @ImaginationOhio w/@FranDeWine have brought thousands of books to Ohios youngest. Celebrating #NationalBookLoversDay and #DollyPartonDay today!

— Groundwork Ohio (@GroundworkOhio) August 9, 2022

First lady DeWine also recently held a press conference at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center to encourage newborn enrollment in the Imagination Library.

“When you enroll a newborn in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, they will be sent 60 books before they enter kindergarten,” she said to conference attendees. “Kids are only young once. There’s only one shot at getting their growth and development right.”

To sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio, visit

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county in Eastern Tennessee.

Outside of Ohio, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library serves the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, and Australia. According to the Imagination Library’s official website, there are 2,073,929 kids registered for the program with 186,680,257 books gifted in total to date.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Ohio Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Dolly Parton” by Timothy Wildey. CC BY-NC 2.0




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