Vinton cancels annual 4th of July fireworks, activities amid COVID-19 pandemic


VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — While Fourth of July is still weeks away, the Town of Vinton announced Wednesday morning the cancellation of the fireworks display and all planned entertainment and activities for Independence Day.

In addition to the canceled Fourth of July celebration, town officials say they will not grant any permits for street closures or stage rentals for community events, concerts, or festivals during the month of June.

However, according to a statement released on Wednesday, May 20, officials will consider future community events scheduled for summer and fall as soon as Gov. Ralph Northam lifts the restriction on large social gatherings in Phase Three of Virginia’s reopening plan.

“It is with deep regret that the Town must cancel our beloved July 4th Fireworks show,” says Barry Thompson, Vinton Town Manager. “However, we feel that it is our duty as the local government to set the example for our community and protect our citizens, employees and volunteers. We look forward to hosting the event again in 2021, when hopefully the COVID-19 concerns have been fully resolved.”

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