You will hear people say “there’s always something going on in Decatur” and it’s true. From festivals and special events to poetry readings, live music performances or just sitting on the square to do some people watching, our community is vibrant and full of life. Numerous small businesses have opened in recent months, or will be opening soon, in downtown Decatur.
After suffering a decline in real estate values during the 1960s and 1970s, Decatur is enjoying a resurgence. Downtown development efforts have led to a popular mixed-use district. The city’s downtown is a busy hub, with activities year-round, including concerts in the community bandstand on the square (folks can bring their own picnic), a beach party every June featuring inflatable water slides, and a July 4 celebration that includes the Pied Piper Parade, a concert and a fireworks show. In August, the city hosts the BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival.
Decatur has become well-known as a progressive city with a high level of civic involvement among residents. If you decide to move to Decatur, you’ll be made to feel at home pretty quickly, at least on an official level. The city’s government offers Decatur 101 classes from time to time, and any resident is welcome to sign up. The classes include a tour of city government buildings and presentations from department heads, a citywide scavenger hunt, and a Q&A with city commission members during a work session.
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