Danville’s big Fourth of July parade isn’t entirely going away for a second straight year; the town and its parade partner, the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley, is moving the annual event to Labor Day weekend.
With California set to re-open June 15, the town wasn’t able to properly prepare in time for July 4. This year’s spectacle will happen Sept. 4, according to state and county guidelines.
The parade routinely draws about 40,000 people and requires months of planning and coordination between the town and various jurisdictions of law enforcement and other emergency responders. Organizers also need time to secure sponsors.
“We sincerely value our partnership with the Kiwanis and applaud their flexibility and energy in adapting to the current challenges of planning large events,” said Danville Mayor Renee Morgan, in a statement. “The Town and the Kiwanis are working together to organize a safe event and we are thrilled that Danville will be able to have a parade this year for our community. We urge everyone to get vaccinated so that this event can be a safe and fun occasion and we look forward to the 4th of July parade returning next year.”
Danville has already canceled other annual events in light of the pandemic this year, including its Memorial Day ceremony, Danville Summerfest, Hot Summer Sundays car shows, and the Danville d’Elegance car show.
More information on town events is available on the town’s website.