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In compliance with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) to limit the spread of COVID-19 as well as current best practices for parks departments nationwide, the City of Bloomington has cancelled this year’s Fourth of July Parade. The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to consider public health indicators and to work closely with public health authorities to make decisions about other summer events scheduled in June and July.

The decision to cancel the parade has been made in consideration of CDC and MCHD recommendations against gathering in large numbers. The parade normally attracts 8,000 to 10,000 people lining the parade route through downtown Bloomington, in addition to the groups comprising the 100 parade entries. The inability to predict the local public health situation in early July with enough advance time to allow for preparations was also considered in the cancellation decision.  

City Announces Cancellation of 2020 Fourth of July Parade