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Yesterday to herald America's past

(ran TP edition)

The British are coming!

This was the cry heard more than 200 years ago at the start of the American Revolution. It resurfaced in the '60s when four mop-tops named the Beatles led the British rock 'n' roll invasion.

Temple Terrace wants to celebrate both.

The 4th of July Temple Terrace Birthday Bash, held in conjunction with the city's 70th birthday, will be at Riverfront Park, 1000 N Boulevard on Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. Yesterday will perform a Beatles tribute at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Yesterday, a California-based group, dresses and sings the parts of the four lads from Liverpool. They even capture the banter and movements of the legendary British act.

"They are not just playing the songs, they are paying homage to the Beatles," said Meridith Hankenson, program coordinator of Producers Inc., the agency that books many of Yesterday's shows.

"We wanted a group that was appropriate for families and fun for the Fourth of July," said Marty Streeper, event chairman.

A parade begins the activities at 5:30 p.m., starting off at 56th Street S from Druid Hills Road. Some 120 floats and organizations will be represented, including the Grand Marshal, Temple Terrace Mayor Bob Woodward. The parade ends at the park, where there will be food vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides. A fireworks display will follow Yesterday's last set.

Streeper said these events can be tied together to celebrate America, although the Beatles hailed from the country from which we broke free.

"The thing about the Beatles is that they became such a dynamic part of American culture," said Hankenson. "They touched so many people, they were global. On a day when we are supposed to be celebrating America at its best, Yesterday does. It embraces all different cultures, which is what America is supposed to be about."