Harrisburg Cancels July 4th Festival; ParadeMay 13, 2020 12:01PM ● By Jason Huddle
The Town of Harrisburg announced the cancellation of its annual July 4th Celebration that was scheduled to be held July 3 and 4, 2020. The decision to cancel the event was made because of current State restrictions on mass gatherings and to protect the community from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release by the town.
"Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 was issued March 30, 2020, then modified as Executive Order No. 138 on May 5, 2020," the release stated. "The modification made on May 5 brought North Carolina into “Phase I” of a three-phase order. Phase I only allows the opening of certain retail businesses at a capacity of 50%. Two Phases remain in order to reach the potential of allowing “larger gatherings,” at which a number or size of event has yet to be disclosed. Even under the most optimistic circumstances of Governor Cooper’s Executive Orders, the Town sees no feasible way to host this year’s July 4th Celebration while remaining compliant with the Governor’s Orders."
The release went on to say the town’s primary concern is "always the health and safety of event attendees, sponsors, elected officials, vendors and staff, and the Town sincerely thanks each of those people for helping make the July 4th Celebration successful year after year."
The Town is reviewing options to hold alternative festivities and activities to celebrate Independence Day with the community.
The grand reopening of Harrisburg Park was planned as part of this year’s July 4th Celebration. The Town will hold a grand reopening for Harrisburg Park later this summer. More details will be made available for both the alternate July 4th festivities and the reopening of Harrisburg Park.
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