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July 4 events return with a bang after 2020 COVID cancellations

From Staff Reports

July 4 celebrations fizzled out last year when COVID canceled pretty much every event in the area. A few tried to celebrate, such as Ransom Canyon still conducting its parade.

That said, festivities are returning with a bang, offering a variety of fun and fireworks throughout the area… albeit most on Friday (July 2) or Saturday (July 3) due to the holiday being on Sunday.

The Slaton Chamber of Commerce will host its Independence Day Festival Saturday (July 3) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Town Square.

There will be games, food, inflatables and music. Musicians who will be performing include the Texas Cadillac Jack Band, Cathy Jewell, Danielle Henzler and Jerry Brownlow.

Admission is free, and for more information, visit the Chamber’s website at

There will also be Bingo to benefit Slaton Meals on Wheels at the Slaton Senior Citizens Center on the same day, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Center is located at 230 W. Lynn St.

Ransom Canyon will also be conducting their events early, this time on Friday (July 2) and Saturday.

On July 2, there will be a fishing contest starting at 10 a.m. at the Ranch House. There will then be a decorated water craft parade on the water at 4:30 p.m., followed with hamburgers and hotdogs at 6 p.m. at the Ranch House.

Residents can also see the fireworks at Buffalo Lakes about 9:30 p.m.

On July 3, the annual parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at the firehouse, followed by a barbecue lunch at noon.

Gypsy Road RV will be hosting a July 3 Independence Day Celebration at its store,  Hwy. 84 in Slaton.

There will be food and drinks available as well as a bounce house.

They too will be hosting a fireworks show,  so people in the area need to be prepared for loud noises from the area.

Slaton FFA will have its fireworks stand through Sunday. They will be open from noon to midnight every day.

The City of Slaton also has a no fireworks ordinance where they cannot be fired inside the City limits.

Those who may be firing fireworks outside the City limits should take precautions to prevent fires.

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All events are as of press time Tuesday, June 29. Fireworks shows are subject to weather conditions and may be canceled if a burn ban goes into effect. Any changes or corrections will be posted on The Slatonite website and its Facebook page, Slatonite.

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