The 4th of July Celebrations planned to be held in Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Lytle have been cancelled this year in order to be proactive in the fight against the coronavirus.
The City of Pleasanton and Pleasanton Parks and Recreation decided to cancel their first 4th of July Celebration in the park and postpone the Pleasanton River Park reopening.
In Mayor Hall’s column this week he stated, “I wish I had better news. As the COVID-19 numbers continue to increase in this city, county and state, and San Antonio being designated as one of four COVID-19 hotspots, we must again postpone the opening of our city park and cancel our 4th of July celebration. We have no other choice and we must continue to be smart in our battle with the virus.”
The historic and very popular City of Jourdanton 4th of July Celebration was also cancelled. With the safety of the public as a top priority, the city announced in their meeting on Monday, June 15, to not move forward with their 4th of July Celebration this year.
Jack Harrison, American Pride Day Chairman, stated, “The event was cancelled to protect the wonderful people who come to our event each year. This would have been the 18th year for this event. Myself and the Chamber felt it best to not have a gathering at the city park that we could not control. Trying to keep 2000 people safe is our goal. It was a hard decision, but the right one.”
In alignment with the other two cities, the City of Lytle also decided to cancel their 4th of July Celebration at the Lytle city council meeting on Monday, June 8. After discussion of an alternative date and a failed motion to leave the park open with no city celebration, the decision was made to cancel the City of Lytle’s 4th of July Celebration, one of their biggest events of the year, and close the city park for July 4 only and reopen it on July 5.
There are currently no plans in place to hold these Independence Day celebrations at a later date; however, the public is still encouraged to celebrate the 4th of July with their families while following the social distancing and safety protocols set by the CDC.