The Fourth of July is a time for parties, but one Connecticut city is offering some cash for the best one.
Waterbury is taking its fireworks celebration up to Holy Land, and the city is encouraging residents to take their celebrations to the next level too.
On July 4, the mayor and a team of judges will stop by and evaluate holiday parties, looking for originality, patriotism, music and entertainment.
“It's going to be fun, there's going to be a lot of people there. Everybody should come through,” said Maxwell Ortiz of Waterbury, who said he will be attending a local block party on July 4.
The best block party is going to win $1,000.
“This would encourage patriotism, community participation, throughout the city of Waterbury, an opportunity for neighbors to come together, make new friendships and carry on old traditions,” said Waterbury's Chief of Staff Joe Geary.
South End organizer Victoria Encarnacion said she has been planning her neighborhood block party each year.
“We're just going to try and cater to everybody and show all the cultures we have in the South End,” she said.
The Greenhouse on Mill Street provides a great view of Holy Land, and 250 people are expected to stop by.
She said if she wins, the money will propel their community events for the rest of the year.
“We usually do breakfast with Santa and the trick or treat, which we started last year, so that will help us give the kids a little more to do around here,” Encarnacion said.
Anyone who would like to enter the Waterbury Block Party Contest, contact the mayor's office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-574-6712.
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