Bill allowing Fourth of July parades goes to Governor Roy Cooper

Raleigh, NC – After passage in the Senate and House, legislation sponsored by Sens. Warren Daniel (R-Burke) and Jim Burgin (R-Harnett) to permit Fourth of July parades in North Carolina heads to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.

photo by Frank McKenna

Sen. Daniel said, “I have a difficult time accepting that Gov. Cooper will permit rioters to loot our cities, but will forbid law-abiding citizens to celebrate the founding of our country. I hope Gov. Cooper signs this bill into law quickly.”

photo by Sheri Hooley

Sen. Burgin said, “The signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 turned the course of history away from monarchy and toward self-governance. That our government may now forbid the traditional celebration of that freedom is a cruel irony. I urge Gov. Cooper to sign this bill.”

photo by Frank McKenna

The legislation, House Bill 686, exempts Fourth of July-related celebration activities from Gov. Cooper’s shutdown orders. The bill reads, in part, “The Governor shall not prohibit parades, or firework displays discharged in accordance with Article 54 of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes, scheduled to occur between 5:00 P.M. on July 1st and 5:00 P.M. on July 10th.”

Source: N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger’s press office