Buena Vista postpones 50th Labor Day Parade and Festival to next year, plans virtual alternative for election kick-off

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BUENA VISTA, Va. (WFXR) — Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, city officials announced Thursday the decision to postpone the 2020 Labor Day Parade and Festival, but also shared plans for alternative festivities to kick off the upcoming elections.

Buena Vista officials shared a survey on social media last week, asking for the community to help the Labor Day committee figure out a plan for the 50th anniversary of the city’s Labor Day festivities.

“Due to the pandemic, the Labor day committee is now looking at the best way to celebrate this milestone while keeping the health of our community in mind,” the City of Buena Vista wrote on Facebook on July 29.

However, on Thursday, Aug. 6, city officials announced the Labor Day committee decided to postpone the 50th Labor Day parade and festival until next year.

“It is heartbreaking to postpone this tradition, but the health of our community, participants, and spectators is of the upmost importance,” Thursday’s news release stated.

However, community members are asked to keep an eye out for upcoming announcements about fireworks and a virtual political speech alternative in order to make this “election kick-off” a memorable one, officials say.

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