USS KIDD Veterans Museum announces no Downtown Baton Rouge July 4 festivities in 2020 due to COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – USS KIDD Veterans Museum recently released a statement announcing Downtown July 4 festivities will not proceed this year due to COVID-19.

Read the full statement below:

“It is with sadness that the Commissioners, Staff, and Volunteers of USS KIDD Veterans Museum must announce that the Museum will not coordinate or sponsor the July 4th festivities in Downtown Baton Rouge this year.  We have determined that it is not advisable to encourage large groups to gather, even as Baton Rouge is easing into Phase 2 of COVID-19 response and recovery. Also, because of the two-month closure, during what was shaping up to be the busiest time of the year, the Museum is not in a financial position to produce the festival.

Plans for the 2020 celebration were to initiate a format change to “Patriots & Pirates” and to include a “River Road Marketplace” of arts, crafts, food and beverage vendors, live music throughout the afternoon,  and culminating with fireworks at dusk. We had received a commitment to perform from the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Band from Belle Chasse.

We do realize that celebrating July 4th downtown has become a tradition for many Baton Rouge area families. The USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open for regular visitation on Saturday, July 4th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visiting the USS KIDD is a great way to mark Independence Day. The Museum continues to adhere to recommendations from Governor Edwards, the State Fire Marshal, and the CDC.”

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