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A little longer, but also a little shorter

Celebrating Independence Day in the COVID-19 era in Oxford
A line of vintage John Deere tractors make their way up Augusta Avenue in Oxford on Saturday, July 4, during the traditional Fourth of July Parade.

OXFORD– The annual Fourth of July Parade was both a little longer, and also a little shorter this year. The parade, held on Saturday, July 4, followed a different route, and also had noticeably fewer entries than in some previous years.
In June, a city council member, and a member of the Oxford First Responders, created the new and longer parade route in the hopes of spreading out the crowds for social distancing; a concern during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Also as a nod to the pandemic, neither the fire department, nor the first responders threw any candy along the route. However, there was no prohibition and other entrants did leave it up to personal discretion on the part of the spectators to pick it up or not.
The city’s fireworks show was held on Friday, July 3, at Creek Side Park, and provided a star-spangled background for the Clear Creek Amana varsity softball team as they completed a doubleheader against Dyersville Beckman Catholic High School at McAreavy Field.