City of Rosenberg Changes July 4th Celebration Plans

Rosenberg, TX ­– Change of plans! To protect the health and safety of our community and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Rosenberg City Council decided to modify the July 4th Celebration Event plans.

In an effort to keep everyone safe but still provide a festive evening for all to enjoy, the City will still host its spectacular fireworks show; however, Seabourne Creek Nature Park will be closed to the public. There will be no food vendors or live music as originally planned. Spectators are invited to enjoy the patriotic 25-minute show from various vantage points across the City while maintaining safe social distancing. Fireworks are set to launch Saturday, July 4 at dusk.

The City has recently seen a spike in community-wide cases and Council felt this decision was in the best interest of everyone involved. “Our Family 4th Event typically attracts around 6,000 people,” said John Maresh, City Manager. “Although we had hoped to host the event as originally planned, we had to take into account the safety of our community and City staff, and the logistics involved in hosting an event of this size all while abiding by orders set forth by the Governor’s office.”

The City wishes everyone a safe, fun and happy Fourth of July Celebration!

For more information about the July 4th event, contact the Rosenberg Parks and Recreation Department at 832-595-3520.

Below is the earlier version of this story when the Family Fourth Celebration was canceled. 

The Family Fourth Celebration in Rosenberg is officially canceled.

But a fireworks show could still happen in the future.

At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members discussed rescheduling the fireworks show.

“I want to ask y’all, are y’all aware that locally we have had a tremendous spike of the COVID?” Mayor Bill Benton asked council.

“Prior to a week ago, no one I knew personally has had it. Since then, six people I know have it.

“The thing we have to consider is everything we do is for the citizens. Everything. All of the employees we hire provide municipal services. At the Family Fourth, we have a lot of city employees that go there and work.

“I’m concerned that a lot of the party goers will get the virus. What’s going to happen if our employees get the virus? How are they going to provide municipal services for the citizens?”

According to City Manager John Maresh, six city employees have contracted the potentially deadly virus as of Monday.

Before discussion began, Rosenberg resident Carlos Garcia spoke in favor of canceling the Family Fourth Celebration.

“Reconsider this event,” he told council. “The safety and health of our citizens is more important than 30 minutes of fireworks.”

Benton said he agreed. He asked council if they would be amenable to moving the fireworks show to the contracted rain-out date, Sept. 24.

“I think we should go with the September rain-out day for now,” council member Jacob Balderas said. “As it approaches, if we see a spike in COVID or a monsoon is coming, then at that point, we figure out if we re-issue the permit. Let’s take the September date and hope for the best.”

City Manager John Maresh said the fireworks contract states that it must be a true rain out in order to utilize the rain-out date. He said he will get in contact with the fireworks provider and get back to council.

“Translation: John will get back to you,” Benton said.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held July 7.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email. Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

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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