2019 parade

The bike patrol in Gearhart is decked out in red, white and blue at the 2019 Independence Day Parade.

Save the date: the Gearhart Independence Day Parade is on for July Fourth at 11 a.m.

“We haven’t posted anything but we hope to have the parade back,” Mayor Paulina Cockrum said at last Wednesday’s Gearhart City Council meeting.

The annual event, from Eighth Street and North Marion Avenue to the Gearhart Fire Department on Pacific Way, began as a kid’s parade on Independence Day in 1980. It has drawn a Mardi Gras-style group of Gearhart residents and visitors all celebrating American independence. It typically starts on North Marion and turns east on Pacific Way before ending at the fire hall.

The parade was canceled last year because of the state’s prohibiting of large gatherings due to the coronavirus.

This year, the city advises to have small groups and practice social distancing, Cockrum said. “We hope everybody will be careful,” Cockrum said. “It will be a good time for everybody to be out and enjoy our city.”

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