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Eureka is the winner of a "spectacular Fourth of July celebration" in this year's Red, White and You contest, sponsored by the Destination America channel and USA Today.

The competition, which attracted 6,400 entries, seeks a community deserving of a big Independence Day party. The text of the announcement notes that Eureka "is still recovering from historic flooding that submerged the downtown business district on Dec. 29, 2015."

At the time, "Residents banded together to help their neighbors and local small businesses bounce back, and over Fourth of July weekend will celebrate the resilient community that still stands 'Eureka Strong!' ... with an  over-the-top patriotic party." 

“Reading Eureka’s moving contest submission was truly a eureka moment for us when we learned how residents came to each other’s aid like one big family to rebuild their beloved town,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. "Red, White and You is all about timeless American tradition, celebrating the qualities that make each hometown unique, and creating life-long memories with family and neighbors – all things that Eureka embraces now more than ever, making it truly deserving of the grand prize celebration.”

Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey is quoted as saying: “Recent challenges have brought to the forefront the strength and character of our wonderful community and families. Eureka truly represents the pride and principles of the American Spirit. We are honored to be chosen as this year’s winner.”

Gail Pennington is the television critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.