Fourth of July celebrations: Which Central Florida events are canceled due to the pandemic?

Fourth of July celebrations: Which Central Florida events are canceled due to the pandemic?
Fireworks are illegal for the general public to use in Florida, except for in a few very specific situations. (WFTV.com News Staff)

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:

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Fireworks at the Fountain in Orlando

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.

Red, Hot & Boom in Altamonte Springs

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.

Star Spangled Sanford

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.

Flagler Beach Independence Day Extravaganza

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 fireworks

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.

Deltona

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.

Every year in the days leading up to New Year?s Eve and the Fourth of July, Floridians get very concerned about scaring birds away from their fish hatcheries.