Slaton and other towns in the area have canceled their annual Fourth of July festivities this year due to an uptick in COVID cases.
Mayor Lynn Nowlin made the announcement official Saturday (June 27) in a Facebook post.
“The Slaton City Council, our City Administrator, employees of our City and numerous conversations with citizens and other Texas leaders have brought us to the decision to cancel our annual 4th of July Festival held in the park this year,” she said in her statement.
“However we encourage all of our citizens and their families and friends to celebrate our great nation’s birthday and Independence Day in the manner of your choosing,” Nowlin added, giving examples such as cookouts and picnics.
Ransom Canyon has also announced it will be canceling all its events for July 3 and 4 due to the increase in COVID cases.
“Mayor Jana Trew has made the hard decision to cancel all Fourth of July activities in Ransom Canyon,” said Deputy City Secretary Mary Brown in an e-mail to residents of the town.
“This includes the parade, the youth fishing tournament and meals at the Ranch House,” she added. “In spite of all of the restrictions caused by COVID-19, we hope you and your loved ones enjoy a very happy and healthy Independence Day!”
Buffalo Springs Lake will still conduct its fireworks show Friday (June 3) at dark.