Since July 4th falls on a Monday this year, it’s the perfect chance not just for a three-day weekend, but a four-day weekend. From the looks of things on Orange Avenue Friday, people took full advantage. By noon, southbound traffic packed the main street in front of the bleachers the city sets up for Coronado’s popular holiday parade.
How does Coronado prepare for the thousands upon thousands of people who pack the community for the parade, fireworks, concert and athletic events that start at 7 a.m.? Ricky Fernandez, a city parks supervisor, said the work began in earnest five days ago:
- Workers fanned out to post 850 “no parking” fliers on poles and parking meters on Orange Avenue, and C and D streets. He estimates that’s about 20 percent of the city’s normal parking that will be restricted for Monday’s festivities.
- They put up 14 bleachers as parade viewing stands, some in the median along Orange. The city borrowed them from the high school, middle school and Little League.
- Three shifts of clean-up crews are charged with keeping the beach, Spreckels Park and the golf course free of debris. One group starts at 10 p.m., another at 3:30 a.m.
- The city will have more than 100 porta-potties in place for the events: 77 standard and 24 for the disabled.
- One of the final steps: Shutting down Orange at 9 a.m., an hour before the parade. It’s best, Fernandez advised, to be parked and set for the parade by then or it will be too hard to move around.
Patch will be running occasional tidbits the next two days about how the city celebrates Independence Day. Watch for our looks at the full schedule of what’s happening, how businesses deal with the parking crunch and how the parade looked in the past.