City, Chamber cancel, revise Fourth of July festivities
The city of Graham and the Graham Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday night that they decided to cancel or postpone all events that were to be held on the square for the Fourth of July after a spike in COVID-19 cases and an Executive Order from Gov. Greg Abbott mandating masks. The fireworks display continued as scheduled at Young County Arena.
In a Facebook Live on Thursday, July 2, Graham Mayor Neal Blanton and City Manager Brandon Anderson informed the public of their decision to cancel the events that were to be held on the square on Saturday, July 4, including the parade and memorial service.
“After visiting with various organizations and discussing the nature of the events that will be going on this Saturday on the square, I have decided, based on the governor’s recommendation, that we will be canceling the Fourth of July Parade, and the other activities that were scheduled for the square will be canceled as well,” Blanton said. “A lot of what has gone on is directly related to the increase in the number of cases in the state of Texas. The governor has sent out some specific things that we will be doing going forward, most of them effective tomorrow at noon.”
For the rest of the story, see the July 8 edition of The Graham Leader.