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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Independence Day parade canceled for second year

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The District’s annual Fourth of July festivities typically draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.

The annual Fourth of July parade held on the National Mall has been canceled for the second straight year because of logistical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Independence Day Parade was canceled after participating marching bands, drill teams and other youth organizations were unable to organize trips because of COVID-19 complications, according to a release from the National Park Service, which runs the event. The parade is one of D.C.’s premier Independence Day events and typically draws hundreds of thousands of spectators.

“The marching units that travel from across the country to participate in the parade have not had the necessary eight to 18 months to organize, rehearse and fundraise before making the trip, and most are still unable to travel due to COVID-19 concerns,” the release states.

The parade, which is held on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets on the Fourth of July every year, consists of floats, high school marching bands and various other attractions. President Joe Biden announced last month that he was aiming to reduce COVID-19 restrictions by the Fourth of July to mark “independence from this virus.”

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Zach Blackburn, Editor in Chief
Zach, a senior majoring in political communication, is the 2023-24 editor in chief of The Hatchet. He previously served as senior news editor and assistant news editor of the Metro beat. He hails from West Columbia, South Carolina.
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