So, yeah, it absolutely stinks that we have no Pittsfield 4th of July Parade this year. But, Pittsfield Community Television is offering up something that is pretty sweet.

According to iBerkshires.com, PCTV and the Pittsfield Parade Committee have teamed up to bring local residents an event to celebrate the Fourth of July in place of the annual parade, canceled this year due to COVID-19.

On Saturday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m., PCTV will air a historical documentary called "Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade."

At 10 a.m., PCTV will air "The Pittsfield Parade Looks Back: Celebrating Over Three Decades Of Live Parade Television Coverage", looking back at some of the biggest and most memorable moments from past parades and will also feature members of the community talking about what the parade means to them.

Peter Marchetti, president of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee, said he "understands the disappointment in the community that we must forgo the parade this year" but stresses that “planning for 2021 has begun, and we will be excited to return to downtown Pittsfield with all the happy times and solemn moments that the parade means to all."

For much more on the story, you'll find it at iBerkshires.com's website here. Thanks to everyone involved for trying to keep our patriotic spirit riding high. Happy Independence Day, everybody!