Hamilton’s Independence Day parade changes routes for Sunday

From the 2017 parade: Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard Members and family of American Legion Post 138 wave their flags in the 4th of July parade in Hamilton.

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From the 2017 parade: Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard Members and family of American Legion Post 138 wave their flags in the 4th of July parade in Hamilton.

Hamilton officials want those attending the Independence Day parade to know something this July 4: The parade route has changed.

“The mayor (Pat Moeller), who is very involved with the 4th of July, is concerned that people may not have noticed that the route has changed ever so slightly,” said Jacob Stone-Welch, a city spokesman. Because the parade is starting from Garfield Middle School this year instead of Butler County’s fairgrounds, “Ohio 4 will not be included on the route for the parade.”

The parade, which starts at 3 p.m., will travel westward on Dayton Street from the middle school to 7th Street, where it will go south to High Street on its way to its end at the usual location, near the historic Butler County courthouse.

“The premier location to be viewing it is going to be either in downtown on High Street, or a lot of people line up along Dayton Street and 7th,” Stone-Welch said.

The city had less time than usual to organize the parade, only starting in May after physical-distancing regulations were eased for the Covid-19 pandemic.

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