Residents Asked Not to Reserve Parade Spots Until Thursday

Though leaving your chair out in advance of the Fourth of July parade is an annual tradition in Chelmsford, residents should do so at their own risk.

Patch File Photo
Patch File Photo
Chelmsford's Fourth of July parade takes place on Friday, and residents are already fighting for a good seat. Town officials, however, are asking residents not to get too far ahead of themselves.

As is the annual tradition in town, residents leave their chair on the sidewalk to reserve their spot in the Independence Day parade, even more than a week in advance.

But on the town website, officials have asked residents to remove their chairs from the sidewalk until Thursday.

"The DPW works hard to be sure that the Parade Route and Town Common are in shape for our July 4th events," the announcement said. "The final mowing will take place on July 3rd. Any chairs that are left on the common before then will be removed and left behind the Center for the Arts. The Town will not be held responsible for lost or damaged chairs."

Part of the reason the town is asking to clear chairs is to assure the town is ADA accessible with nothing blocking the sidewalks.
Rob C June 30, 2014 at 03:43 PM
consider them all as litter and pick them up and get rid of them. Want a good spot, get there early on Friday.
Tyler Jozefowicz June 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Tradition? It's a rude gesture. Reminds me of people putting coats and bags on seats at theaters, shows, performances, sporting events for friends that are not even there, or standing in a parking space, blocking it until a car comes.
Ruth Canonico July 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
I have been living in Chelmsford and now North Chelmsford since 2005 and I find this chair reserving that begins as much as 10 days before the parade selfish and ridiculous. Folks need to walk on the sidewalks and the town needs to mow the grass. If I as a disabled resident can be courteous enough to wait until the day to find a place to be for the parade, surely you can! You know who you are!
ron johnson July 01, 2014 at 02:50 PM
I drove through town everyday and noticed the first chairs last Friday a week before the parade. They were never moved and remain there now. They were right in front of the fire station. I agree with posters that it is rude and I am tempted once it a while to pick up the chairs and throw them out as well. I have in the past attended the parade and noticed that some chairs are never occupied during the parade. What I can't figure out is why does the town let it happen at all. They could have just go through each morning this past week and gotten rid of the chairs, then people would get the hint and not do it anymore and why restrict this to the common how about the area from route 495 in and if the seat is on a sidewalk anywhere along the route.


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