One of the most exciting events of the summer for Northeast Philly residents is the Independence Day Parade. This procession of exhibits from U.S. history allows families to take a glimpse of their past while celebrating their freedom. While the day will be full of fun, parents should follow basic parade safety tips. These tips can keep the family safe if they get separated and avoid accidents.
The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade will be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 4th. The parade begins at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut Streets and travels west to 9th Street. The parade travels north one block, turns right onto Market Street for eight blocks, then makes a final right turn onto Front Street and ends at Chestnut Street. The entire parade route is free and open to the general public.
One of the biggest fears for parents at the parade is losing their children. Parades usually feature large crowds with lots of pushing and shoving. Small children can get pushed away from their parents or accidentally wander away while following their parents through a crowd.
A child also can be harmed by the floats themselves. A parade safety tip for children and floats is to instruct kids to stay behind the barricades. If parents can designate an area for children, either by holding them or bringing chairs, this will also reinforce their understanding of which space is for them and which is for the parade. Small children tend to run into the street for candy or toys during parades, which can create the potential for danger.
Additionally, parade trailers aren’t regulated by any government agency, so extra care should be taken if walking in front of, beside or behind them, in case they break down or collapse. If any part of a parade float injured your child, visit your family doctor. The same rules apply for auto accidents and parade accidents in that a seemingly minor injury may be more serious, and you will need medical confirmation to hold it up in court.
Parade Safety Tips: Arrive Early, Identify the Police
A great parade safety tip is to arrive early. By getting there early, your family can pick out their favorite spot on the parade route. Children should understand what police officers look like and how to talk to one if they become lost. If the child is old enough, you can give him or her a cell phone and explain to call 911 if lost or in danger. Older children can be told a meeting point if they want to explore the parade themselves.
Legal Issues Surrounding Parades and Safety: Tips
Parades are still governed by the rule of negligence. Negligence means failing to provide reasonable care to prevent harm to others. If a vehicle hits you or your children and the driver was negligent, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver. It depends on the specific facts, but parades are not off-limits from legal action.
Cordisco & Saile is a family-based law firm, and we try to promote safety for families as part of our practice. If you are concerned about a parade accident, visit your physician and then call our offices in Northeast Philly at: 215-642-2335.