La Carreta to host Independence Day celebration

La Carreta will be hosting an upcoming celebration for Independence Day. 

The event will be held in various parts of downtown Hammond on July 4 starting from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be various activities going on in Hammond. The 5K marathon will be taking place along with the Cake Walk. There will be a costume contest and a children’s area set up by the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Museum. The Golden Oldies Car Club and the Steele Soldiers will also make an appearance. The Golden Oldies Car Club will be showing off their classic cars for everybody to see while the Steele Soldiers will showcase military vehicles.   

La Carreta will be providing a stage and sound for the band Impaired Faculties to perform. 

“La Carreta is planning a more permanent Military Appreciation area in downtown Hammond, where items such as the winners of the children’s drawing and poem contest and the stories shared by our veterans on this day can be preserved in a permanent display,” said Jane Bretschger, Director of Marketing, Advertising and New Product Development for La Carreta.

Bretschger is a part of the Celebrate America Committee, which is the organization putting on the event. The committee is led by president Sam Dileo, whose vision is to honor and recognize those who have served our country. The organization hopes this event will be the first of many to come, striving to celebrate Independence Day in the future just as festively as the first.

“Mr. Dileo is someone who never had the chance to serve in the military, but is so passionate about the cause, he has found other ways to give back to military members, veterans and the home we call America,” said Frederica Riviere, one of Dileo’s clients. “This function is approved by the mayor of Hammond and will include food, live band performances and a real reason to celebrate America.” 

According to Bretschger, local merchants and Hammond businesses will be sponsoring the event. Profits will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We hope to accomplish a greater sense of patriotism in our children and community and to honor those who serve us in this way to keep America free,” said Bretschger.

For more information on the Independence Day celebration and events visit La Carreta’s facebook page. Registration applications can also be complete online through the account.