The Fourth of July seems like a lifetime away. But great events take time. Which is why Rosenberg City Council members are already planning the Family Fourth Celebration.

At Tuesday’s Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members reviewed the entertainment for the annual event.

In February 2020, the city entered into a contract with Bayou City Sound in the amount of $17,000 for musical entertainment, sound reinforcement, stage lighting, staging, and power for the 2020 Family Fourth Celebration.

The selected musical entertainment option was the band Electric Circus, which was also recommended by the Parks and Recreation Board last January.

The contract was later finalized with the option to terminate the agreement with 48 hours’ notice, if necessary, due to COVID-19.

City staff explained that the termination option was exercised as the event was canceled, with the exception of the fireworks show, due to the pandemic and related health and safety recommendations issued by Fort Bend County Health and Human Services.

“Let’s keep our fingers crossed,” Mayor Bill Benton said.

The Bayou City Sound’s contract/quote did provide for a second year option at $18,000.

City staff has contacted Bayou City Sound, which has confirmed that they would honor the contract for 2021, and that the chosen entertainment option of Electric Circus is also available to perform.

Given the events of 2020 and availability of the year two option, council members agreed to move forward with that option for 2021.

“Yay for Fourth of July, no COVID,” Benton said.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Feb. 2 via Zoom teleconference.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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