The annual 4th of July parade in Colchester will have a new location this year.

Colchester Parks and Recreation Department director Glen Cuttitta said change was prompted by the roadwork project on Routes 7/2, 2A and 127. Construction equipment is being stored in the location the parade is usually staged, Cuttitta said.

This year’s event will travel along Blakely Road and end at the Lavigne Road intersection, with participants staging at the high school. The 11 a.m. start time will remain unchanged, Cuttitta said.

Traditionally, the parade has started at the Creek Farm Plaza, journeyed through Main Street and ended at the Burnham Memorial Library.

Members of the Malletts Bay Fire Department, Colchester Center Fire and the Colchester Police Department were consulted during the decision making process, Cuttitta said, and determined the new route would be safer for both participants and spectators.

The 2017 event will be the 48th annual town parade.

Check for more information about the parade route change in upcoming editions of the Sun as details become available.