INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE UPDATE AND PARADE ROUTE CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19!!
As everyone is aware, Florida’s COVID-19 numbers are starting to go back up, so our agency, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity and our great partners at the Veteran’s Memorial Center want to make sure we are doing everything we can to guard against further increases, while also making sure that we don’t let this pandemic keep great Americans from celebrating our nation’s independence!!
Now if you know anything about me, our agency and of course the team at the Veteran’s Memorial Center, you know that quitting is never an option and that we will NOT let anything stop us from celebrating this great nation, even a pandemic!!
So rather than throwing in the towel and canceling the parade, we are going to make a few modifications that will allow for safe “family social distancing” while also still allowing everyone the opportunity to show their patriotism and tremendous love for our great nation!!
Therefore, instead of having our citizens line the streets so the parade can pass by them, we are going to have the parade line the street and let our citizens drive past it!! So essentially, all of the floats and parade participants will be on static display along S.R. 520 for everyone to drive by and enjoy while staying safely in their cars and not standing in large groups along the parade route.
This new innovative approach to the parade concept still gives us the opportunity as a community to celebrate our nation’s independence and also allows everyone of all ages to enjoy the excitement and patriotism of the 4th of July while practicing social distance protocols as recommended by the CDC!!
So please join us this coming Saturday morning from 9:00-11:00 A.M. for the
2nd Annual Independence Day “Drive By” Parade, that will be on display along Eastbound S.R. 520 starting just east of Plumosa Street and continuing to Sykes Creek Parkway.
Be sure to show your patriotism and love for our great nation by blowing your horns and wearing your red, white, and blue as you pass along the parade display!!
Remember, while these are unique times we are living in, nothing can stop us as a nation from showing our pride for the United States of America!!
Sheriff Wayne Ivey