Monday, June 21, 2010

Come Celebrate the 4th of July!

Come to Crockett, Texas and be part of a grand celebration. Every year since 1998, the Downtown Beautification Corporation hosts the annual 4th of July Celebration and Parade (we like our parades, don't we?). There will be homemade ice cream, pies, Cokes and hotdogs. Games will be provided for the kiddos. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Annual Parade around the Square.

The Downtown Beautification Corporation began back in 1996 when a few interested citizens and merchants got together for the purpose of maintaining the character of Downtown Crockett. We wanted to see improvements done in around Downtown Crockett that would make our city a more desirable place to visit. We hired an architect, Vernita Bridges Hoyt, originally from Grapeland, who helped us develop a master plan to improve and beautify the Square.

After many months of reviewing data, surveys, interviews, and field research, the final plan was presented to the Mayor and City Council in April, 1997. The Downtown Beautification Master Plan received financial support from the City of Crockett, The Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, Houston County, the Crockett Economic Development Corporation, as well as numerous private donations.

Since that time, there have been numerous phases of the master plan completed. One of the first was to increase parking in and around the Downtown business district. The City of Crockett demolished the old City Hall building that was situated just of off te square on South Fifth Street, and a public parking lot was created. Also, the City of Crockett and Houston County demolished what was left of a previous building and paved the lot next to the Moosehead Cafe, and another parking lot was created. Another phase was to make the Downtown Square a safer place for pedestrians, and with the help of TXDOT, the streets were re-surfaced and safety islands were created around the Square. Over the years, the Downtown Beautification Corporation also spearheaded an effort to add trash receptacles and benches in around the Downtown area. Other activities that we can thank the Downtown Beautification Corporation for is the annual Christmas lighting and of course, the 4th of July Celebration.

Since Independence Day falls on Sunday, the 4th of July Celebration will be Saturday, July 3rd. Don't miss this opportunity to show your patriotism. It's always a great time and another reason why I Love Crockett, Texas!!


  1. Mayor Mask! Thanks for the mention. I really like your blog concept, and I'm following. Can't wait to read your next post. I Love Crockett, Texas! also.

  2. Thanks Vernita. I was perusing the original Downtown plan yesterday, it brought back many good memories, you were the key to it's success. I think it's time we take another look at the plan and see what other phases are yet to be completed!

  3. A great big thank you to all that made this year's festivities a huge success! it was good to see so many visitors to Crockett in spite of the rain showers courtesy of Hurricane Alex's leftovers! It will be bigger and better next year (I say that every year).