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Communities make big changes to Fourth of July celebrations

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The coronavirus pandemic is impacting Fourth of July celebrations for the city of San Antonio and smaller municipalities.

SAN ANTONIO - The coronavirus pandemic is impacting Fourth of July celebrations for the city of San Antonio and smaller municipalities.

"If they do flock elsewhere, I hope they'll wear a mask and protect their loved ones protect those around them," said Mary Jane Verette, the president and CEO of San Antonio Parks Foundation.

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In Seguin, concerns about coronavirus have not extinguished its plans.

"The parade has been going on for as long as people can remember," said Kyle Kramm, the city's convention and visitor's bureau director. "We have some pictures of the parade from the 50s and even some from like the 30s."

Kramm explained that before the city made any decisions to move forward with Fourth of July plans, they surveyed the community and heard from the majority who wanted the parade to go forward.

"We're asking spectators to come with their family units of 10 or fewer people and that they sit together as a group," Kramm said. "And that they sit together as a group and that each group remains about six feet apart from the other groups."

Along with new rules for spectators, there will also be restrictions for anyone who wants to participate in the parade.

"We are not allowing any entry to have more than 10 people on a float," Kramm said. "So we've got a little league team with 20 players, they're going to come with two trucks of players."

The city will have officials out to enforce the new social distancing norms, but they also expect the public to follow the rules themselves.

The parade will also be live-streamed on the city's social media page.

While some communities are choosing to cancel parades and celebrations, others are moving forward with festivities that will be different from year's past.

Castroville

  • The city decided to cancel the 4th of July celebrations due to COVID-19.

Leon Valley

  • Celebrations were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Braunfels

  • The city's Fourth of July Parade is canceled, but its fireworks show will continue.
  • The show can be viewed from the spots in Landa Park, the Fredericksburg Fields, and the Landa Park Golf Course.
  • The city will also live stream of the show on social media.

Schertz

  • The city's 4th of July Jubilee celebration will go on
  • Families are asked to stay home, but get creative with decorating skills, and find the perfect viewing spot for the city's fireworks show. The show will begin at 9:15 p.m.
  • A parade featuring the mayor, council and city departments will make its way through Schertz neighborhoods. More details and a parade route is to come.
  • The city is also hosting a patriotic t-shirt decorating contest and chalk drawing contest. Click here for details on how to enter and judging information.

Windcrest

  • The city is hosting a drive-thru parade with a Grand Marshal, who is a WWII Veteran, a member of American Legion Post 112 and a resident of Windcrest.
  • Everyone will stay in their own car and follow the procession through the city on a designated route.
  • The city recommends that anyone who wants to watch the parade does so either from their yard or along the parade route.
  • Nothing will be thrown from vehicles.
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