Half Moon Bay’s Main Street was buzzing on Monday afternoon. The 51st annual Ol' Fashioned Fourth of July Parade brought hundreds downtown to celebrate the spirit of another Independence Day and dozens of local organizations. With COVID-19 restrictions relaxed, the parade felt like a return to normal pre-pandemic festivities.
“It’s events like this that make us proud to be Coastsiders,” said Cameron Palmer, chair of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, the local group responsible for the parade and the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. As usual, Palmer served as the emcee for the day, announcing each participating nonprofit, youth sports team and first responder as they passed City Hall along the parade route.