The famous Independence Day Parade in Chappell Hill will not occur this year, due to COVID-19.
The Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce announced its decision to not hold the parade this (Monday) morning, saying because of the current pandemic and the financial and strategic challenges of implementing a socially distant parade, the Chamber would rather use its time and resources to support local businesses in this time of need.
In lieu of the parade, the Chamber encourages the community to put together patriotic decorations for a decorating contest. Chamber officials say the contest, which will be themed “United We Stand: Texas Strong”, will allow the Chamber to use resources that would have been dedicated to the parade to instead be used to promote Chappell Hill businesses throughout the summer.
The contest will feature business and residential categories, with over $1,200 in prize money. Beginning June 6th, entry forms will be posted on the Chamber’s website, www.chappellhilltx.com, and can also be picked up at Chappell Hill businesses.
For the business category, the first place winner will receive $350, with $250 going to second place, $150 to third place, and an Honorable Mention will receive $50.
Residents will receive their prizes in the form of gift cards from Chappell Hill businesses. First place will receive $250, followed by $150 for second place, $50 for third place, and $25 for the Honorable Mention.
Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, June 16th, and judging will take place Thursday, June 18th. A map of all entries will be provided.