In a unique year, Friendswood’s Fourth of July Parade will be unlike any other. Due to concerns about spread of the coronavirus, instead of a single parade down Friendswood Drive on the Fourth, there will be seven parades happening simultaneously throughout the city at 10 a.m.
It’s a “reverse parade,” said James Toney, City Parks and Recreation Director. “Instead of people going to the parade, this year, we’re bringing the parade to many Friendswood neighborhoods.” The neighborhood parades will have fewer units than a full-sized parade and last about fifteen minutes, rather than the typical hour.
“We’re encouraging people to watch from their front yard, while keeping a proper social distance,” said Toney. “If the parade route does not pass by their home, they are encouraged to find a safe viewing location on the route.”
Maps of the seven neighborhood parade routes are available at https://www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/july4th
Applications to be in the parade are at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQkpnSytAJKNK4bon_KFG0j3gk32yXiSDlhNO6d6h-wyQTKA/viewform. The deadline for submission is June 26.
This year, there will be no Fourth of July daytime activities in Stevenson Park or evening program, concert or fireworks at Centennial Park.
The City’s Official Historian Joyce Baker wrote, “On July 4, 1896, the First Fourth of July in Friendswood was celebrated by the women preparing a picnic dinner…” Every year since, Friendswood has celebrated America’s independence.
“I’m grateful to the Fourth of July Steering Committee and City Staff for creating an innovative way for Friendswood residents to celebrate this year while still following healthy guidelines,” said Mayor Mike Foreman. “While it is not the same method we have used to celebrate in past years, I think many people will find it safe and enjoyable.”
For more information about the Fourth of July activities, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-996-3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org