The City sent out the following communication for immediate release this afternoon:
For the first time since its inception in 1965, the City of Piedmont will not hold the annual 4th of July Parade and party in the park due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As disappointing as this is, the City recognizes that the most important thing right now is to keep the community safe and healthy. Because of the nature of the parade and party in the park, social distancing measures would not be possible to achieve, let alone enforce, during this event.
“Piedmont’s 4th of July celebrations are designed to bring the community together to celebrate Independence Day,” said City Administrator Sara Lillevand. “Unfortunately, given the intent of the shelter-in-place orders, holding a community celebration attended by thousands of Piedmonters and guests would not be a wise choice.”
The annual event is an all hands day for the City’s essential workers, including police officers, firefighters, and the public works crew, when they work in and amongst Piedmonters to keep the streets and parks safe and clean. The City has been working to keep our responders healthy so our public safety department can continue to be fully staffed, and respond to Piedmonters in times of need. Placing the City’s first responders in large crowds on this day would not facilitate this goal.
Additionally, 4th of July block parties, which are a Piedmont tradition, will not be permitted. The City will not issue any street closure permits at this time for 4th of July activities. If State and County guidelines relative to gatherings change significantly, we will reconsider street closures.
We know Independence Day is important to our community. Residents are encouraged to share their spirit by decorating their front yard this year in the theme “Celebrate in Place”. Awards will be given for best front yard décor. More information will be announced by the end of the month. The Highland Cup, and Saucer Spoon will be awarded to the houses with the best decorations!
KCOM TV will also be putting together a retrospective video about the parade and party in the park. Resident submissions of photos are welcome. More information on how to contribute will be put out later this week.
We want to thank our community for their cooperation and efforts in keeping Piedmont safe.
Contact: John O. Tulloch (510) 420-3040