Sheldon, Iowa — After announcing a week and a half ago that their Run, Walk, and Roll would be postponed from June to September this year, Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon is announcing changes to this summer’s Independence Day Celebration.
Unlike the Run, Walk, and Roll, the scheduled date for the celebration has not changed, but Village officials tell us there will be changes to the celebration. It’s still scheduled for Friday, July 2, 2021. The celebration is normally held on the VNU campus as a way for the Village to say “thank you” to the greater Sheldon community for its support of the Village and people with disabilities. However, because of the ongoing pandemic Village officials noted that some adjustments needed to be made to safeguard the residents of the Village.
Barry Whitsell, President and CEO says this year the Village will be partnering with the City of Sheldon, the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation (SCDC), and Rise Ministries to provide an Independence Day Celebration for the greater community of Sheldon.
Whitsell says that the health and safety of the vulnerable population served at VNU meant that hosting thousands of people on their campus would not be safe and so alternative ways were explored to host the event since everyone looks forward to the Village event and the fireworks.
Village officials say this year’s event will be held at the RiseFest festival grounds. The main event will be a concert performed by The Hepperly Band. The start time for the concert and other details for the Independence Day Celebration are still being worked out by officials from the City of Sheldon, SCDC, and Rise Ministries and will be announced at a future date.
Whitsell says, “Following the concert, the traditional Village fireworks display will be held. This will work very well because people attending the concert will just be able to turn their chairs and have a wonderful vantage point to watch one of the best firework displays in Northwest Iowa.” He continues, “We are excited to be able to have the fireworks this year as everyone missed them last year and our residents are excited to have them again this year. Partnering with Rise Ministries, SCDC, and the City of Sheldon is a great way for all of us to collaborate and come together to celebrate our nation’s independence.”