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Marathon to sponsor Granbury’s 50th annual Fourth of July celebration

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This year, the Granbury Chamber of Commerce will have a new sponsor for one of its most anticipated annual events.

Marathon Digital Holdings — the owner of the Bitcoin mining site at the Wolf Hollow Data Center — recently announced it will sponsor the 50th anniversary of Granbury’s Hometown 4th of July Festival.

The festival draws people in from all over the world and includes vendors on the Historic Granbury Square, a hometown parade and fireworks over the lake.

Stacie Howell, Marathon community liaison, told the Hood County News the company’s decision to sponsor the patriotic event aligns with its commitment to “establish enduring connections within Granbury and to actively participate in the community’s development.”

“As Marathon looks to contribute meaningfully to local initiatives, sponsoring the 4th of July celebration was an easy decision given its importance within the community,” Howell said.

Granbury Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bondy said the chamber is excited to welcome Marathon as its first Ultimate Stars and Stripes Sponsor for the event.

"With our theme this year, ‘50 Golden Years of Stars and Stripes,’ this sponsorship is a testament to the ongoing legacy of Granbury and Hood County businesses that continue supporting our community-wide celebration,” Bondy said. “As a new business in Granbury/Hood County, we’re excited that Marathon is choosing to be a positive contributor to this celebration and community.”

While Marathon may be sponsoring one of Granbury's biggest community events, Howell said it likely won’t be the last. She said Marathon is also actively engaged in other community initiatives, like its ongoing contributions to the Brazos River Baptist Church through weekly donations.

"Our dedication to supporting the community also extends to chamber events, Mission Granbury and various other community endeavors,” she said. “We are currently working on a STEM/CTE-based scholarship in partnership with the (Granbury) Optimist Club, as well as a donation to the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department. Looking ahead, we are aiming to not only provide financial assistance but also to be actively involved with these organizations, with the goal of fostering deeper community connections.”

Howell added that she’s looking forward to seeing the Fourth of July parade during the festival and that it “stands out as a highlight” for her.

“Equally exciting (though) is the opportunity for our team to gather with the community for this memorable event,” she added.

For more information about the Hometown 4th of July Festival, visit granburychamber.com/hometown-4th-of-july/ online.