BEDFORD, Ohio — The cities of Bedford and Bedford Heights have shared in the celebration of 36 annual 4th of July Parades until the coronavirus pandemic shut down the tradition for two years.
On Independence Day, large crowds welcomed the fanfare for two miles along Columbus Avenue, ending after about an hour and a half near the Bedford Heights City Hall on Perkins Road.
“The beginning of the parade will finish before the end of the parade has started,” said Bedford parade co-coordinator Annie Zgrabik who plans the event with Bedford Heights co-coordinator Renee Cole.
Oakwood and Walton Hills have an open invitation every year.
Children and some adults filled bags with candy they collected. Water squirt tubes gave some relief from the heat.