Canandaigua gets creative for July 4 celebration plans

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American flag flies in Manitowoc, July 4, 2019 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

(WHAM) - Canandaigua is getting creative in its upcoming celebration for Independence Day.

Since social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 make it difficult to observe the traditional parade, community picnic and fireworks display, the city is holding a community contest.

The plan encourages people living in the city and town of Canandaigua to decorate their homes for judges to drive by and vote. Awards will be given for the most creative, theme-driven and spirited displays. Decorations should be set by June 26 so that the displays can stay up for two weeks through July 10.

A map of decorated locations will be posted online for people to drive around and vote. Winners will be announced on July 15.

"In a year when our typical celebrations can not take place, we are still looking for fun ways to engage with our community members," says John Goodwin, City Manager for the City of Canandaigua. "We feel that this is the best way to show Canandaigua's spirit, strength, and appreciation for each other, while also keeping safety at the forefront of everything we do."

The theme will be "Unsung Heroes," as a way to celebrate the area's essential workers and personnel working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications must be filled out by any household or business wishing to participate in the contest. The city website will hold the applications online here on June 1. All forms must be received by June 19.

The winners will receive a trophy and be shared on the city's website.