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Belton’s July 4th parade will be virtual this year

An estimated 30,000 people lined the streets of Belton for last year's parade. (Photo by Megan Vanselow/file)
An estimated 30,000 people lined the streets of Belton for last year's parade. (Photo by Megan Vanselow/file)(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 11:55 AM CDT
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An estimated 30,000 people lined the streets on July 4, 2019 for Belton’s century-old Independence Day parade, but this year the streets will be empty.

Because of concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus, organizers announced Friday that this year’s parade will be virtual, featuring videos submitted by residents, businesses, organizations and groups.

“The logistics of staffing and following the health and safety guidelines and precautions have proven to be problematic for a traditional parade and festival, but the potential for a virtual parade is generating excitement and enthusiasm for participation by an even wider range of groups,” the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce said in a press release Friday.

Belton’s celebration will also include the 96th annual PRCA Rodeo on July 2 through July 4 at the Bell County Expo Center and concerts on July 3 and July 4 at the Backyard Party at Schoepf’s.

Kevin Fowler will perform on the night of July 3 and a band with Belton roots, Sprung, will perform on July 5 before the community’s fireworks show.

Belton’s Downtown Street Party, which had been planned for June 27, will be postponed, probably until October.

“These are extraordinary times requiring adjustments, creativity and resourcefulness, and we appreciate the ongoing coordination and partnership with the City of Belton and Bell County in working together for our community,” Chamber President/CEO Randy Pittenger said.

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