Although the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., state and county, Stephenville’s annual Fourth of July parade remains scheduled as planned.
This year’s Fourth of July theme is Disney, and the deadline to enter the parade coordinated by Stephenville Parks and Recreation is June 30.
The parade route will begin at Stephenville City Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, and will head north on Graham, west on Washington and end at Harbin.
The only difference between this year’s celebration and years past is that candy and other items will be prohibited from being thrown during the parade.
“There’s no real way for us not to do hand-to-hand, so if someone is picking it up, touching it, dividing it and throwing it out into a crowd, we’re kind of just asking for people to be on top of each other,” said Jennifer Basham, parks and leisure services director. “The city council may change that, but right now the decision has been to not allow anything to be thrown into the crowd.”
Basham said the city is currently looking at ways for members of the community to virtually attend the parade if they don’t feel comfortable with attending in person.
“We're really excited. We feel like we are still getting back to who we are as Stephenville with our community spirit,” she said. “We feel like our Fourth of July parade is one of those things that people look forward to every year and we’re excited that we’re still able to offer that and that we’re still going to be able to get everybody together to join in on the fun and start working on our ‘new normal,’ as everyone says.”
To register a float, visit bit.ly/4thParadeEnDl.