Change of Plans for Erath 4th of July

Posted at 5:24 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 07:17:30-04

This year celebrating Independence Day will look different across the country. And in Erath, it will be the first time in more than 80 years that the town doesn't celebrate with a street fair.

"I've probably been going to the Fourth of July festival since 2008," said Miss Erath Fourth of July Emily Leleux.

And most of the town of Erath has memories like this. They've been celebrating the red, white and blue for as long as they can remember with the famous street fair, water fights and parade.

In 2020 there were high hopes for the festival

"I was telling myself last year like, 'man, the next queen is going to be so lucky. She's going to have her festival on a Saturday. There's going to be so many people that come because everybody likes to go on the weekend,' and now we don't have a festival," said Leleux.

The Fourth of July Association made the tough decision to call off most of the events back in May.

"The planning and the preparation that it takes to get the Fourth of July going, they had to do it in a timely manner, months ahead of the Fourth of July, to cancel the event," says Mayor Taylor Mencacci, who was glad to say not everything is canceled.

"We will continue to have the fireworks show so at 9 o'clock on July 4th. We will have the fireworks show on the east side of town as always. We have to continue to celebrate our independence," he said, adding the fireworks can be seen from Youngsville to Delcambre.

There is also one more event that will still go on. The traditional 4th of July Mass will start at 9:30 Saturday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

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