Lingering pandemic means no July 4th parade, but block parties are back

From a May 25 City of Piedmont press release:

Unfortunately in 2021, the City of Piedmont will not hold the annual 4th of July parade and party in the park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, the determination has been made that hosting a large group event in Piedmont is still not a good idea, even with the progress we’ve made fighting COVID-19.

The Barrelhouse Jazz Band will bring the parade spirit to neighborhoods around town.
Bringing the Parade to the Community

While we can’t gather together on Highland Avenue, there will be a small flotilla of vehicles that brings the parade to you (or near by)! A small group of vehicles as well as a flatbed truck carrying the venerable Barrelhouse Jazz Band will slowly make its way around town to bring a little bit of parade spirit to the community. Keep a look out for the caravan driving down your street (or close by) between at 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th.

4th of July House and Car Decorating Contest

Decorate your house, yard, or car to show our Independence Day Spirit, with the theme to be announced soon. The following awards will be given:

  • The Highland Cup (Best Entry)
  • Highland Saucer (Most Patriotic)
  • Highland Spoon (Best Team Entry)
  • Best Car in Place
  • Most Artistic Award • Best Spirit Award
  • Best Theme Award

Judges will visit each entry on Saturday, July 3rd between 5:00–7:00 p.m. and winners will be announced on Sunday, July 4th.

To enter, email Carla Betts ( the following information by Thursday, July 1st at 5:00 p.m.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Cell Phone
  • Email
  • Yard or car description
‘No’ to this kind of gathering, but sign up for a block party instead.
4th of July Block Parties Are Back

Coming back in 2021, 4th of July block parties will once again be permitted this year. If you would like to host a 4th of July block party, please fill out the form on the City’s web page at and submit by Friday, June 25th at 5:00 p.m. Please make sure to follow current State COVID Safety guidelines. City of Piedmont Public Works staff will deliver barricades by Friday, July 2nd. If you need more information about 4th of July block parties please call (510) 420-3040.

Photos by Jenn Fox

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