Largo salutes the Fourth of July with a drive-by parade

The City of Largo won't have fireworks, so they are holding a drive-by parade to bring us a little cheer.
To safely add a little cheer to the Fourth of July holiday, the City of Largo is holding a drive-by parade Saturday.
To safely add a little cheer to the Fourth of July holiday, the City of Largo is holding a drive-by parade Saturday.
Published June 30, 2020

Like other communities, Largo won’t be holding a Fourth of July fireworks display. The show that typically draws 50,000 people to Largo Central Park is being replaced with a citywide drive-by parade from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

“There is no way to socially distance with that amount of people,” said Kara Piehl, special events coordinator for the City of Largo. “(The parade) isn’t a substitute, it’s something different. This is a way that people can celebrate, safely at home.”

Created by the Largo City Commission, Largo Recreation and other organizations, the “Drive-By Salute to Neighbors” parade features 14 units including a stars and stripes-themed float followed by city vehicles.

“We have 14 vehicles that will be in the parade. This will include the Recreation, Parks and Arts Department, Largo Public Library, fire, communications and engagement, police, commissioners and the city manager,” Piehl said.

A few of the vehicles confirmed include the Largo Leaf, Bookmobile, Largo Police motorcycles and a Largo Fire Rescue truck. City officials will be in each vehicle to honk and wave along the route. To keep it safe, items will not be thrown or passed out along the route.

“This is such a great, safe way to show Largo that we are still here for them and we want to give them something to look forward to in this time of uncertainty,” she said.

The parade starts in Highpoint, moves through neighborhoods along East Bay Drive, Largo Central Park, downtown Largo, and ends at Trotter Road.

Those living along the route are encouraged to keep a safe distance and wear masks.

The general public can view the parade live on the City of Largo and the City of Largo Recreation, Parks & Arts Facebook pages.

For more information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Other live and virtual Fourth of July events

Fireworks on the Lake: The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates present a drive-in, socially distanced fireworks display. For those who would rather stay home, the show will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Saturday on WWSB-ABC7. $15 car load, $40 RV. 9 p.m. Friday. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. (941) 358-7275, ext. 5802.

Red, White, and Boom: Legoland provides a new viewing area for you and your family to socially distance as you watch fireworks using 3D glasses that turn sparks into flying bricks. Throughout the day, kids can help create a giant U.S. flag out of thousands of LEGO bricks. Regular admission required. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Legoland Florida, One Legoland Way, Winter Haven. (877) 350-5346.

Fourth of July Celebration: Celebrate the Fourth of July at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa with live music by the Bus Stop Band, two drinks and a barbecue dinner including appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Held outside on a terrace, grassy areas and under a tent for social distancing. $49. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-7706.

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Fourth of July Dance Party: F.R.I.E.N.D.S. West Florida invites all ages and all abilities to wear red, white and blue and join them for a virtual holiday dance party with games between dances. Use Zoom ID 966 3520 4604. Free (registration required). 7 p.m. Saturday.