Marching for Independence Day in Estacada
Though the traditional Estacada Fourth of July Parade was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several groups of community members made their way through town to celebrate Independence Day.
One group was the Estacada Patriotic March, which gathered at Estacada High School prior to traveling downtown on Saturday, July 4. They rode horses, drove in vehicles decorated with red, white and blue and distributed candy to community members.
"This is about people in Estacada standing for what they believe in," said Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine, one of the event's participants. "We believe in family values and freedom of choice. That's what we're all about. We're good people in a good community. That's why I'm here."
City Councilors Jerry Tenbush and Justin Gates were also in attendance, citing the freedom of assembly outlined in the First Amendment as motivation for being there. Both councilors also participated in the march against racism on Friday, June 26.
"This is our right to assemble, and I'm in support of that. If this event is what we needed to bring our community back together, I'm all for it," Tenbush said.
Gates added that he was particularly looking forward to seeing families participate in the event.
One such family was Bryson, Shelby and Jaxson Smith. As the group gathered at Estacada High School, Jaxson rode a toy tractor and prepared to give candy to other children.
"With all that's going on, I wanted my kid to participate," said Bryson Smith.
"It's a day to celebrate our freedom. I'm excited to see a good turn out," added Shelby Smith.
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