For the second year in a row, the National Independence Day Parade on the National Mall has been canceled.

“The marching units that travel from across the country to participate in the parade have not had the necessary 8 to 18 months to organize, rehearse and fundraise before making the trip, and most are still unable to travel due to COVID-19 concerns,” the National Park Service said in a statement.

NPS said it couldn’t put the show on without the high school bands, drill teams, and other youth organizations that typically fill up the parade. The federal agency said it is “disappointed” it won’t be able to put on the red, white, and blue celebration this year, but will resurrect the event next year.

In planning the COVID-restricted Presidential Inauguration in January, the inaugural committee initially pointed to July 4th as a day when the country would have a larger celebration of the new administration on the Mall. With those plans seemingly out the window — unless the administration plans something separate — it looks like Americans will have to have the small backyard barbecues with “loved ones” President Biden alluded to in his address last month.

But there may be good news on the local front: the organizers of the long-standing Palisades Parade in Northwest said this week they are moving forward with plans to run the annual Fourth of July festivities.

 

(As published on dcist)