There was good reason for not moving the parade back onto Main Street after the third lane was rammed through: we learned Harrison Street is a better route for both the participants and the spectators.
Harrison Street is shady; Main Street is not. On a hot July day, that’s important.
Harrison is an intimate, neighborly environment; Main Street is wide and sterile.
Main Street is a state highway, which means backing up or diverting traffic for the parade is a much more difficult task than doing the same for a local street.
Just how many downtown businesses are open on the Fourth of July, anyway?
Harrison is a far superior route for everyone but a very small number of downtown business owners who choose to make their employees work on what should be our most important national holiday, honoring our country’s birth.