Most July 4th festival canceled; fireworks still on
News that the chamber is canceling the parade and festival portion of its Old Fashioned July 4th event went over like a dud firecracker, even though the Fireworks Spectacular over the lake is still on.
The annual event draws thousands to the Granbury square and historic district, but there were fears that one unwelcome guest in particular might make an appearance: COVID-19. Plus, there were COVID-related logistical problems.
After the cancellation announcement was made Wednesday afternoon by chamber president and CEO Mike Scott, locals took to social media to express their opinions. Views ranged from disappointment and anger to appreciation that the chamber chose public safety over tourism dollars.
A post from “The Granbury Square” on the HCN’s Facebook page explained the decision this way:
“As an organization that promotes our festivals, right now we and the Chamber cannot get the necessary vendors, bands, food trucks, etc. to commit. And the planning it takes to pull off the huge 4th of July takes at least 6 months. Come on downtown though and shop, drink, eat and see shows at Opera House and Granbury Live.”
The cancellation is especially hard to swallow because of the fact that Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year. It would have made for the perfect three-day weekend where tourism stakeholders are concerned.
Scott said that he made the decision after having discussions with County Judge Ron Massingill, Granbury Mayor Nin Hulett and Hood County Public Health Authority Dr. David Blocker.
“The decision to cancel this year’s 4th of July parade and festival on the square was not made lightly,” the chamber executive said in a prepared statement.
Although the chamber shares in everyone’s disappointment, Scott said, “We feel the responsible decision continues to be one in alignment with our top county and city health authority’s recommendation.”
At around 9:30 p.m. on the Saturday of the holiday weekend, Extreme Pyrotechnics will put on the Granbury 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, shooting fireworks into the sky over the lake.
Scott said that the fireworks show has already been paid for, thanks to sponsorships by H-E-B, Visit Granbury, the city of Granbury, Hood County, Cheerful Heart Gifts & Boutique, Vintage Floors and Streetcar Electric.
The fireworks can be seen throughout a large portion of Hood County, allowing for individual responsibility where social distancing is concerned.
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