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NATICK – The Natick Friends of the 4th announced this morning, May 4, the cancellation of the 2020 4th of July parade.

“After much discussion, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the 4th have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel this year’s parade, all associated fundraising and the Children’s parade. Many factors contributed to this decision, with our paramount concern being the health and safety of the parade watchers, participants and all involved. Other considerations are the uncertain duration of the stay at home and social distancing orders and our financial obligations,” said the organization.

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“We are a non-profit that depends solely on donations and sponsorships, and we believe that it would be irresponsible for us to ask for both or either of these during these difficult financial times,” said the organization.

The Natick Friends of the 4th instead asked residents to “donate to the Natick Service Council to help those in our community who are in need of assistance.”

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“We understand the importance of the parade to our community, however, we feel this is the responsible thing for us to do. We appreciate all your support, and we will see you for the 2021 4th of July parade,” said the organization on social media today.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.