Walker holds Fourth of July Celebration

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Even though many cities in Louisiana canceled their Fourth of July celebrations the party is still going on in Walker.

“My families going to come over and enjoy the fireworks tomorrow night,” Jason Bass said.

Starting at 3pm festivities will kick off at Sidney Hutchinson Park.

“People are looking for any excuse to get out so they’re going to blow up the night sky,” Breanna Farhood said.

Because of the cancellations in other cities, Walker residents say they’re expecting an even larger crowd this year.

“A lot of people are going to come further out to see the fireworks instead,” Farhood said.

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says he’s hoping everyone stays safe.

“It’s going to be hard to patrol the social distancing,” Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish President said. “It’s going to be hard for people to maintain that distancing, hopefully they will because I do think that helps as far as wearing a mask. I’m guessing its going to be about 50/50.”

There’s no mask mandate in Livingston Parish. Ricks says he doesn’t believe people would follow it. Jordan Turner agrees. She says thats why shes choosing to spend independence day at home instead of at the park.

“I just don’t want to chance it,” Turner said. “I don’t like big crowds and with everything going on, and to keep the kids safe and inside, I’d rather keep it a small group.”

Right now there’s no limit on the outdoor gathering, but officials are urging everyone to maintain a social distance.

Parking is free. A scavenger hunt starts at 4 and after that will be live music and fireworks.

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