ORLEANS – A town-wide flyover salute and a virtual “parade in place” will highlight this year's July 4 activities in town.
Last year's July 4th parade was produced by a newly formed committee, taking over for the previous committee that stepped down after many years of dedicated service. The new committee was gearing up for an even more successful second year at the helm when COVID-19 struck, forcing shut-downs and event cancellations nationwide.
When a decision was made by the town to cancel the parade and fireworks, committee chair Jenn Allard did not want to let the Fourth of July go by without its usual pomp and circumstance and tasked the committee with brainstorming ideas.
“As an event planner, I’ve been impressed by the virtual ‘pivot’ that so many events are embracing and over the last three months I have been making that shift myself and knew we could host a virtual event,” Allard said. “I also knew that our committee is a creative bunch and we could do something more.”
The committee's new plan for this July 4 celebration includes a flyover by three Cessnas, a biplane with smoke, and a banner plane, live streaming music, and "parade in place."
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, folks are encouraged to tune in to the Orleans Fourth of July Facebook page to hear a patriotic soundtrack curated by the committee that will be streamed live for 30 minutes and, weather permitting, look up into the sky from anywhere in Orleans to view the flyover, which will go over Nauset Beach before crossing town and heading for Rock Harbor and Skaket Beach.
Residents and businesses are also encouraged to decorate their business, home, yard, etc. for the Fourth of July, take a photo and post it online using #orleans4thofjuly.
“We may be celebrating differently this year, but our patriotism and love of Orleans are greater than ever,” Allard said in a press release.
For additional information, visit www.orleans4thofjuly.com and facebook.com/orleans4thofjuly