The city of Highland will once again celebrate Independence Day with a community parade in the morning and a professional fireworks show in the evening Sunday, July 4.

The Fourth of July festivities will be the first major community events since the state and county went on lockdown in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Base Line and Church Street. It will march west on Base Line then south on Central Avenue to Highland Community Park. Residents are invited to line up along the route to cheer on the parade in their best patriotic spirit.

With Independence Day falling on a Sunday and two churches being located at the parade’s starting point, Highland City Council, when approving the event, briefly discussed holding the parade on Monday to prevent traffic issues with the nearby churches and to make it easier for churchgoers to attend. City staff informed the council that that was done once before and the city received significant backlash from the community for holding Fourth of July not on July 4.

In the evening, Immanuel Baptist Church will host a fireworks celebration to be enjoyed by those who attend the event at the church campus and those who can view the fireworks from their homes.

This year’s fireworks celebration has an attendance capacity of 5,000 people to comply with state and county coronavirus restrictions. In order to observe this capacity, preregistration is required to attend the free event. Guests can register online at ibchighland.org/4th.

While the fireworks will continue to offer food and drink sales the customary bounce houses will be substituted with family games.

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