Out of an abundance of caution, the city of Carpinteria has elected to cancel the Independence Day parade this year. The event would have taken place a short time after Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to reopen the state’s economy on June 15. The city stated that given the advanced planning and logistical requirements of such a large-scale event and given that Covid-19 transmission risks are heightened at events drawing large crowds, it will focus on planning a December parade that can celebrate both the holidays and a safe and successful community reopening. 

“We will play it safe this time around, which will ensure that we have ample time to plan our next parade without lingering Covid-19 concerns hanging over our heads,” said City Manager David Durflinger.

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