CANONSBURG (KDKA) — Canonsburg Borough Council approved a major change to a long-standing tradition.

In a 7-1 vote, it was decided to limit chairs placed along the street to save spots for the popular Fourth of July Parade.

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Instead of just days before the parade, chairs had been going up as much as two weeks before. Some say the chairs became a nuisance. Wind during storms blew the chairs into the street, and elderly folks had trouble getting around them, according to some.

The resolution passed by council only allows people to put out chairs the morning of Independence Day starting at 6 a.m.

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Council member Joseph McGarry expressed concerns over whether the restriction was too excessive and that there might be some kind of a stampede that morning as people rushed to place their chairs. He suggested allowing the chairs a day or two before.

But resolution passed as is.

It’s unclear what penalty might come with placing a chair too soon.

Canonsburg’s Fourth of July Parade regularly attracts crowds of between 40,000 and 60,000 people. The chair tradition has gotten them national attention.

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David Highfield