ORLANDO, Fla. — The skies on July 4 this year may be a little less bright as many cities in Central Florida have canceled their celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Channel 9 compiled a list of which cities have delayed or canceled their scheduled Fourth of July events:
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he has canceled the city’s annual Independence Day fireworks display at Lake Eola Park because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said a virtual fireworks display will be held instead.
“We will still celebrate as a community, just not in person,” Dyer said.
The Red Hot and Boom 4th of July fireworks show in Altamonte Springs will not be happening this year, city officials announced Tuesday.
The show is billed as the largest fireworks celebration in Central Florida and one of the largest in the southeast United States.
Officials said entertainment will be offered on social media platforms instead.
After careful review by Sanford city staff, officials have decided to cancel the city’s 4th of July celebration Star Spangled Sanford. Officials said they determined that due to past crowded conditions throughout Ft. Mellon Park and along the lakefront, recommended guidelines for events of this magnitude cannot be maintained currently or in the foreseeable future.
In the best interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 virus, all scheduled Independence Day events in Flagler Beach for 2020 have been canceled, the city announced Tuesday.
New Smyrna Beach officials voted last week to postpone the 4th of July fireworks until further notice, with Labor Day floated as a potential alternate celebration date.
The city of Deltona announced last week that it will reschedule its Fourth of July fireworks for Labor Day weekend. City officials said the specific date has not been determined.
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