For the second year in a row, and out of an abundance of caution, the Fourth of July celebration in King City has been canceled.
The event traditionally allows all ages to participate in fun activities.
"Traditionally, the Fourth of July has always been a really big holiday for King City," City Councilor Jaimie Fender said. "Back in 2017, myself, Annie Paulsen and Veva Goehler set out to create an event that would be for all of King City and a way to bridge the 55-plus community with the younger families of Edgewater."
Fender continued, "Over the years, the event has grown and blossomed into a very large event."
But earlier this year, a decision had to be made.
"We had to make that decision quite a long time ago," Fender said. "Clearly, it was during a time where it was just inconceivable to have a large outdoor event because of COVID."
Fender said out of an abundance of caution, and considering that both young kids and older citizens make up the blend in King City, the decision was made to shut down the event for the second year in a row.
"Our decision was kind of reinforced once Tigard announced the closure of their Fourth of July festivities," she said.
Pre-pandemic, Fourth of July would feature a classic car rally in front of City Hall.
"We invite car enthusiasts, especially those with classic cars, to come and showcase their car in the parking lot while residents trickled in and get lined up for the parade," Fender said, noting cars have continued to come year after year.
The day also featured a Walk and Roll Parade, which traveled from city hall down to King City Community Park.
"We encourage everyone to decorate their 'floats.' We consider a float anything you could push, pull or ride on," Fender said. "We have strollers, bicycles and golf carts. In 2019, we had our very first real float that Columbia Bank created.
"We look forward to having more float entries in the future."
Fender added, "Down at the community park, we line the track with all sorts of vendors, from food vendors to clothing, to jewelry, some community outreach groups have come."
Looking at this summer's July 4 festivities — as it were — Fender said, "What we've decided to do this year is to really focus on smaller events. We certainly encourage small neighborhoods, if they feel safe to do so, to celebrate the Fourth of July in a smaller type of way. Then, we'll come back, hopefully bigger and better, next year."
Fender is also looking ahead to safe summer events that can bring the community together and encourages citizens to visit the King City Community Foundation's Facebook page to look for event updates.
Gazing ahead to next year, Fender said, "I am reservedly optimistic. There's great hope with how many people are vaccinated. In King City, I'm really proud of our residents because I think, for the most part, everyone really took care of each other and did all the things that were asked of them to be safe."
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