After missing a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city of Bellaire’s Celebration of Independence Parade and Festival are scheduled to return today (Saturday, July 3) with a few changes.
Instead of the traditional route on the edge of downtown to South Rice Avenue, starting at 9:30 a.m. the big parade will move north on South Rice from near Bellaire HS, past City Hall to Linden Street with the usual mix of participants from community groups, youth organizations, city workers and elected officials, and music.
The children’s parade — where youngsters accompanied by grownups use all forms of transportation from trikes and bikes to rollerblades to wagons and strollers — will launch on South Rice from Evergreen Street.
Following the parade at about 10 a.m., the festival will begin in Bellaire Town Square with food, games, and entertainment, including live music, through 1 p.m.
The city is recommending the use of masks and social distancing for the celebration.
Rain is in the forecast intermittently for the day, and the city will update any changes in the festivities at bellairetx.gov.
Because the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, the celebration is taking place today, and city workers will observe Monday as their holiday. All city offices will be closed, and there will be no solid waste service. Collection for sections A, B and E will resume on Thursday, with the rest of the week’s solid waste schedule remaining intact. Check here for details.