Purcellville will host annual July 4 parade this year

Purcellville’s Fourth of July parade in 2019.

There may be a glimmer of hope that things are returning to normal for businesses and residents in Purcellville: the annual Independence Day Parade is on.

The town’s decision to host the parade was based on the fact that the community has moved into the second phase of Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) reopening plan and is making preparations for a potential move to the third phase, according to Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser.

The parade will begin at noon on July 4. Parade participants will set up at Loudoun Valley High School and will follow a route down Main Street ending at Emerick Elementary School on Nursery Avenue.

“I look forward to [the] Purcellville 2020 July 4th Parade being an assembly in celebration of unity and community, as being championed by some of the local organizers. The town will implement measures to ensure the safety and welfare of participants and spectators and encourage the practice of social distancing,” Fraser told the Times-Mirror.

According to a June 17 email from Cassidy Rasnick, Virginia’s deputy secretary of commerce and trade for Rural Economic Development, the commonwealth will not offer any exceptions or waivers to the phased guidelines.

Purcellville Town Manager David Mekarski sent a letter requesting the waiver on June 12, describing the parade as a procession without floats and with participants in their own vehicles and escorted by the town’s police, fire and public works vehicles.

Fraser said Mekarski’s recommendation is to proceed with the plans anyway, based on the number of requests from community members who desire to peacefully assemble to celebrate the day.

“As such, the town will implement measures to ensure the safety and welfare of participants and spectators,” Fraser said.

Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should email events@purcellvilleva.gov to receive an application.

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