Jeff High School athletes deck out homes for Festooned Fourth

The 9th Street Hill neighborhood is continuing a 29-year red, white and blue tradition. News 18 takes a look at the Independence Day annual event for the 9th Street Hill Neighborhood.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 11:49 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 11:49 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The 9th Street Hill neighborhood is continuing a 29-year red, white and blue tradition. News 18 takes a look at the Independence Day annual event.

"It's no bother at all to do a simple deed that makes Lafayette more Patriotic," said Luis Ojeda.

Thursday, Ojeda took a break from cross country and instead, decked out a Lafayette neighborhood in red, white and blue.

"We're decorating them for the people who live there," said Ojeda.

Ojeda and other Jeff High School athletes decorated the historic 9th Street Hill neighborhood. It was part of the annual Independence Day tradition, Festooned Fourth.

"The Fourth of July is very special to everyone here on the hill," said neighbor Shannon O'Malley.

"We're honoring all of the people who fought to maintain our freedom," said Ojeda. "It's a quite simple act that really doesn't take much effort."

Ojeda and his teammates went door-to-door Thursday to hang up flags and stake American flags up and down the street.

"I just like seeing all of the flags up and down the street, you don't see that in many places," said O'Malley. "It's special here."

Neighbors who live in the 9th Street Hill neighborhood recognize the hard work the athletes put in. However, for Ojeda he said he does it to show his patriotism and doesn't expect a thank you in return.

"The satisfaction of doing this, really eliminates the need for recognition," said Ojeda.

The patriotic decor is expected to stay up through the Fourth of July.

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