The Friedens Fourth of July Parade, a 68-year tradition, is ending because of new Pennsylvania Department of Transportation permit requirements and a lack of participation.
The parade began in 1944 with a young women's group called The Mother's Club.
In the early '70s, with club members aging, they decided to hand the parade down to the younger generation. Rita Pollock was one of those who took on the responsibility.
"I have great-grandchildren, and here I am, still running the parade," she said.
She said she understands that young parents are too busy to participate, with many mothers working outside the home. Still, she said she will miss it.
"It's very sad," she said.
Pollock said she hopes one day the parade will return to Friedens. But for now, the regulations are too much for too few people to handle.
The regulations include 60-day notification to PennDOT, multiple forms of insurance, notification to state police and the local fire department, a map of the designated route and an eight-week application process.
This process is required because the parade crosses two state roads, Welsh Hill Road and Route 281, according to parade committee member Sarah Pile.
She has been a member since 1991. She said she is disappointed that the parade is ending, but the additional time involved is too much for the group.
"I'm sure that a lot of the older people in the neighborhood will be disappointed to see it come to an end, and it's unfortunate that these types of regulations are causing small towns to have to give up these types of traditions," she said.
The Stoystown Memorial Day Parade was at risk because of the same regulations. But assistance from the Stoystown Lions Club will allow the parade to continue.