Celebrating Independence Day 2020

Above, Cathy Fink leads her horse with a smile at the end of the 2020 Fourth of July parade in Redfield.

The Fourth of July in Redfield was a hot one with temps reaching into the high 80’s by the start of the parade at 10a.m. The sky was grey and overcast and the air was humid as the parade vehicles rolled down Main Street. Due to COVID-19, candy and other items traditionally thrown from the parade vehicles were disallowed. Even so, a smalll crowd of Redfield residents lined the streets to wave at those passing by.

It was a different sort of Independence Day in the evening as well, with a severe thunderstorm warning issued at 8:48p.m. followed by a tornado warning. Redfield residents rushed to take cover in basements as dark clouds gathered and the sirens went off. At 10:07p.m., an alert was sent out that the tornado warning had been cancelled. The annual fireworks show was pushed to nearly 11p.m., when the bright lights finally lit up the night sky in celebration of freedom.


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