USS Farragut sailors part of Parade; Red-White-Blue Contest thru June 30

Active-duty sailors from the USS Farragut will visit the community that shares the ship’s namesake during Independence Day holiday weekend.

To highlight the visit, the sailors will march with the Farragut Museum float in the 34th Annual Farragut Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4.

“Namesake visits are a well-established tradition in the U.S. Navy,” a Town press release stated. “The goal is to connect sailors with (Town) leadership and residents of local communities to promote partnerships between citizens and the Navy.”

Farragut Tourism manager Karen Tindal has worked with the Navy to plan the visit, which also will include a museum tour, lunch at Farragut Town Hall and a tour of local historical sites, including Admiral Farragut Birthplace, Pleasant Forest Cemetery and Sgt. Mitchell Stout Memorial Virtue Cemetery.

“The homeport of the USS Farragut, a Flight IIA Aegis Destroyer, is Mayport, Florida,” the release further stated. “It has a helicopter hangar and the upgraded baseline 7.1 Aegis Combat System. It has a hull length of 509.5 feet and can reach speeds over 30 knots.”

Parking for the Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m., Monday, at Lendon Welch Way and Kingston Pike heading west to Boring Road, is available at Farragut Middle School parking lot. (See road closures, detours in Planner, page 4C)

Red, White Blue Contest

Farragut’s Parks and Recreation department has extended the deadline for its “Make Farragut Beautiful: Red, White and Blue Salute” Contest through Thursday, June 30. send nominations to Neighborhoods and residents can nominate themselves or neighbors for their Independence Day decorations and landscaping. Grand prize is a Stihl BG50 leaf blower, donated by AgPro. Committee will view nominations and vote Sunday, July 3. with winners being announced thereafter.