Coronavirus makes the Independence Day celebration on Merritt Island a little different


The Independence Day parade will end at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, which recently reopened to the public.

The coronavirus pandemic will make the Independence Day celebration on Merritt Island a little different. But the parade will go on.

The organizers – Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center – changed the parade route and concept to help keep everyone at safe distance because of the pandemic. As an alternative to participants marching, they will remain in place along the roadway while spectators drive by.

Instead of starting at the nearby high school, parade participants will gather between 8 and 9 a.m. in the Macy’s parking lot at Merritt Square Mall. The parade will line up on the blocked outside lane of eastbound State Road 520 between Plumosa Street and Sykes Creek Parkway.

Participants lining the roadway will wave and sound their horns between 9 and 11 a.m. as motorists go by. Patriot music also will be played.

“We're hoping that the parade will be a success, but social distancing is still going to have to be practiced,” said Brevard Veterans Council director Bob Doyle.

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