This fourth of July weekend, the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association are promoting a ’shop, dine and stroll’ in celebration of Independence day.


The Downtown merchants will be offering community members free water and popcorn as they shop on July 3.


Usually residents celebrate the holiday with a parade and crape myrtles. However, this year things will look different.


Last week, the 23rd Annual Crape Myrtle Festival and fourth of July Parade were canceled, due to concerns relating to COVID-19 and the community’s safety.


The City of Waxahachie is currently under the Executive Orders of Governor Abbott, and due to the restrictions, the City has stated it would be difficult to stay within the recommended protocols that would help keep the community safe and healthy. "As hard as it is to make the decision, it’s important to make a decision based on smart, not based on our heart," said Bonney Ramsey, Chairperson of the Crape Myrtle Festival.


"In the years past, it has been a parade tradition to honor veterans in Ellis County and put the focus on them by making our local heroes the parade marshals. Since the community will not be able to join together for a parade this year, organizers are encouraging the community to assist in a virtual salute to all veterans and all active service personnel by using the hashtag #hachieveterans on Facebook and Instagram to post photos," said the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association in a Facebook post.


Community members are still encouraged to enjoy the sales the merchants are offering and enjoy the stroll. They will also have DJ ALEXX playing tunes from 11 a..m. to 3 p.m.


Additionally, many shops will be closed on July 4.


To stay updated, visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WDMAEvents .