Parade watchers hoping to snag a good spot early along the route for the Fourth of July event in Cayucos will have to wait until 6 p.m. July 3 to do so. Any placeholders left before that will be confiscated for pickup later, according to a coalition determined to keep sidewalks and roadways clear.
Because Cayucos will have one of only two professional fireworks shows in San Luis Obispo County on July 4, officials there are expecting huge crowds.
For the parade and fireworks, carpooling is recommended, as is planning ahead and arriving early.
A county ordinance bans blocking public sidewalks and streets, and this year, that ordinance will be enforced, according to a partnership of county Public Works, Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council, Cayucos Chamber of Commerce and Cayucos Lions Club.
In past years, chairs, coolers, blankets and other placeholders have been set out on the streets and sidewalks, often for days before the parade. They create hazards for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, and they make it difficult for people to get into area shops.
In response, all property set out in those areas before 6 p.m. on July 3 will be removed and taken to “The Chair Snare” area behind the Cayucos Veterans Hall at 10 Cayucos Drive. The coalition also asks that people wait until that time to park vehicles along the parade route.