On May 14, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC) regretfully announced the cancelation of the town’s regular Independence Day festivities due to COVID-19. This includes canceling the downtown parade and the music in the Cedaredge Town Park.
With that being said, the CACC took the same opportunity to invite the community to celebrate in a safer manner with it in the time leading up to Independence Day.
“While current physical distancing makes it impossible to bring people to a parade, the Cedaredge Area Chamber has decided to modify and bring a parade to the people instead,” the CACC said in a newsletter.
This celebration, to which the chamber refers to as “Parade in Place,” is a time when downtown residents and businesses are encouraged to show their American and community spirit by decorating porches, windows, sidewalks and lawns for the holiday.
“In the weeks leading up to July 4th decorate your porch,” the newsletter said, “unleash your creativity and inspire hope for your friends and neighbors.”
Part two of this celebration is to take photos, post them on social media and tag the Chamber of Commerce, the CACC said. The CACC will then share it, spreading Independence Day spirit. “The more people who take part, the more celebration there is to share, so get your friends and neighbors involved!” the CACC said.
Thirdly, the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce encourages residents of the area to take a drive around town to view, admire and take photos of decorated porches as Independence Day draws nearer.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our Town Park and Main Street Parade in 2021, which will truly be a celebration of the resiliency of our community,” the CACC said.