The Galt Parks and Recreation Department will host a drive-through light show starting on Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28 at the Galt Market Grounds from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The three-day event was decided on after the yearly Independence Day Celebration was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions from the state and county.
Director of Parks & Rec Armando Solis said the city’s Special Events Manager Jackie Garcia brought this event to the table.
“Lights for Heroes will be a dynamic display with unique tributes to our first responders, military and our heroic healthcare providers,” Garcia said. “Including a special recognition photo display on video will highlight our honoree, fallen city of Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn and recognize our local essential workers. It is our goal that we recognize our local heroes during an unprecedented time in our community, facilitate a drive-through parade that will inspire an American spirit, plus continue the tradition of encouraging a resilient Galt community.”
Solis said he was onboard with the special event from the beginning.
“Honestly, I thought this was such a great event, we decided to move forward with it, without considering others (events),” Solis said. “I didn’t want to skip the Kevin Tonn 5K Run so it was a way to still honor our Kevin along with our local heroes. With the help of Cal-Waste, we were able to extend this event to three days. The city has hired a company out of Sacramento to provide all the lighting and staging of the event.”
Interim City Manager Tom Haglund presented plans for the special event to the Galt City Council during their teleconference meeting.
When Tera Eiler Farris and Laurel Trindade Schamber heard about the light parade, they were enthusiastic.
“I think it’s amazing because that is part of the spirit of celebrating the 4th,” Schamber said. “They are celebrating everyone!”
Elk Grove still plans to have fireworks display and asks residents to watch the show from their own yards. Galt resident Sheila Pryor commented on the cancelation of the fireworks in Galt.
“There is no reason not to have the 4th of July fireworks,” Pryor said. “People will watch from cars with their own families, and I’m sure there are lots of other ways, too.”
Joyce Dozier also voiced her desire for a Galt celebration.
“It’s still a month away and most people stay with their family group,” Dozier said. “I think at least have the parade and fireworks. Everything is opening up and I think its okay for our little town.”