There's a big difference between MLK Day and July 4th. Aside from government offices and schools, many businesses are open on MLK Day. On the other hand, restaurants and some shops are the only things open on Independence day. Besides, I don't recall Wilmington having a Fourth of July Parade...that's in Southport my friend. Wilmington has a street fair and the Battleship Blast, which happens on water Street. Practically nothing is blocked down there, guests still have access to the Hilton, the second level of the Water Street Deck can be accessed from Front street, and no business or residential parking lots or driveways are blocked. That's why it's held on Water Street in the first place...minimal impact on businesses and residents. Having the parade on Front Street on a day when many people ARE working creates a substantial difficulty for businesses. No business should be expected or required to stay confined to their parking lot for 2-3 hours on a workday.
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