MERRIT ISLAND - The fourth annual installment of an Independence Day parade, put on by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center will be held on Merritt Island beginning at 10 a.m., according to an event posting by BCSO on Facebook.
Per the post, the parade will start at Merritt Island High School and then head south on Courtneay Parkway. before turning east onto Merritt Avenue The parade will conclude at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School.
According to Donn Weaver, Brevard Veterans Council chairman, some of the organizations that will be represented at the parade include the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Rolling Thunder, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Cape Canaveral chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, who Mr. Weaver says “will have quite a few vehicles.”
“The plan is for the majority of the floats and vehicles to just head on our own to the (Brevard Veteran’s Memorial Center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy. in Merritt Island) where a lot of people will be pre-positioned,” said Mr. Weaver. “We have….great patriotic music, food and drinks aplenty, a lot of veteran organizations tables, some of our sponsors tables.”
Mr. Weaver also noted that there would be activities for kids, including a scavenger hunt. Per the post, there will also be “all-access admission” to the VMC’s museum as well.
The more traditional style of parade returns after two years of a static parade, according to Mr. Weaver.
“We were all very pleased during the two years of COVID where we did the static parade, we at least had hundreds and hundreds of cars, many repeats, many would circle around and go back again along (State Road) 520 heading to Cocoa Beach. We were in front of the mall there, the Merritt Square Mall,” Mr. Weaver said.
Still, he noted that this parade and subsequent festivities at the VMC mark a “return of Americana’s 4th of July.”
“We need this as a nation,” Mr. Weaver added. “We need this celebration. Our history isn’t all bad and our future can be bright if we recall what we’ve learned from our history and that’s one function of the 4th of July.”
Staging will begin for the event at 8:30 a.m.
Those interested in registering a float, vehicle, walkers or other patriotic-themed piece can do so by calling 321-264-7755. Those who seek more information on the Center should visit veteransmemorialcenter.org.