Although the City of Woodstock will not be holding its annual Independence Day parade Saturday morning, Main Street will still be a center of activity as the county Republican Party holds a 4th of July Cavalcade.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, a line of vehicles decked out for the Independence Day holiday will take to Main Street, celebrating America and what it stands for, according to Harry Abrams with the county Republican Party. Saturday’s event will be somewhat similar to the 4th of July parade Woodstock has typically held, but will also be different, due to the coronavirus- related guidelines and restrictions in place, he said.
One key difference is that this event will not be a “walking” parade, in that there will not be participants on foot near the vehicles handing out items like candy, flags or pocket copies of the United States Constitution as there usually are. However, there will be a number of vehicles involved, including the county party’s float, classic cars adorned with American flags and some bearing signs in support of local candidates involved in both the August primary runoff and the November general election. Abrams said state senators Brandon Beach and Bruce Thompson are also tentatively scheduled to appear in the cavalcade.
During the event, those enjoying the cavalcade of vehicles are encouraged to wear a face mask and observe all social distancing guidelines, Abrams said.
Despite the changes to what residents may traditionally see going down Main Street in Woodstock, Abrams said everyone involved was happy the modified event was being allowed to be held.
“We love America and we’re thankful for its opportunities,” he said. “That’s what we’re celebrating. Our organizers are very enthusiastic about this.”