Without Fireworks, Danville Resident Organizes Fourth of July Car Parade

Jim Taylor
July 03, 2020 - 10:02 pm

    After the town of Danville canceled their 4th of July parade due to COVID-19 concerns, opting instead to hold a celebratory event online, one resident decided to organize a car parade to ring in this coming Independence Day.

    Danville resident Steven Dumfee tells KCBS Radio's Jim Taylor that tomorrow's “Fourth of July Freedom Cruise” is a way to celebrate the holiday safely.

    KCBS Radio reported earlier that the Mayor of Danville asked the organizers of the parade not to hold the event, but Danville Police Chief Allan Shields says the city has no issue with the parade of cars hitting the streets on the Fourth of July.

    Shields says the issue is the event's flier, which called for people to "Line the Sidewalks" as the cars passed by. He says the town wants to avoid a mass gathering of people that violates Contra Costa County's health mandates.

    Shields says car parades have been happening in Danville since around the start of the coronavirus pandemic with little pushback from the city.