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No saving parade spots at University of Northern Colorado until July 2

Gabriel Jimenez hammers in a marker for his parents' spot in 2016 along the Independence Day parade route on the University of Northern Colorado campus. Spot savers this year will need to wait until July 2 to claim an area on the campus.

Prospective Greeley Stampede Fourth of July parade-watchers will need to wait a bit longer until they start trying to save a viewing spot on the University of Northern Colorado campus.

According to a news release from UNC, until July 2 university employees will remove spot-saving materials in order to maintain — mowing and watering — the landscape along 10th Avenue.

However, once July 2 comes around parade-goers may use tape, ribbons, rope or string anchored by stakes or landscaping pins to save spots along the east side of 10th Avenue between 16th and 20th streets. Tarps and similar items that distress grass will be removed and left along the curbs where they were found for owners to retrieve, according to the release.

Tarps, especially clear ones, clear plastic sheeting, sleeping bags, heavy blankets and similar items will damage and possibly kill grass in a few days or less because they restrict the amount of water and oxygen the grass gets. According to the release, parade-goers are welcome to bring, and sit on, those items on the day of the parade but should take the items with them afterward.

According to the release, the tradition of spot saving functions on an honor system and the university can't guarantee the availability of saved spots on the day of the parade. Alcohol in open containers is prohibited on campus.