Bangor-Brewer 4th of July parade changes

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been almost a year since Bangor's 4th of July parade ended in tragedy. 63-year-old, Wallace Fenlason from Holden was killed during the parade riding his 1941 tractor. He was hit from behind and run over by an antique fire truck. Reports show the brakes of the 1930 truck failed going downhill on Water Street. The parade wasn't originally supposed to go this route, but had to be rerouted because there was a standoff the morning of the parade.

For many, July 4th is a day known for celebration and patriotism. This year, Bangor-Brewer parade organizers are taking extra precautions in making sure people focus on the celebration. Parade coordinators are trying to eliminate the possibility of having another accident like last year's tragedy.

All antique vehicles will be together at the end of the parade. There's no required vehicle inspection for antiques, but operators are being asked to give their cars and trucks an extra once over. Parade chairman, Doug Damon said they've spent countless hours working to buff out any kinks.

"We have incorporated in our application a statement that we ask all the owners and operators to sign that they have looked at their vehicle and that they think it's safe to be in operate."

Coordinators also said there will be a free concert on the Waterfront after the parade.


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