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Salt Lake City cancels firework shows for July 4th and 24th due to rising COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 19:17:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office has announced that the city will cancel the firework shows that are normally held for July 4th and July 24th, citing concerns over the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

The firework shows, a long-standing city tradition, were normally held at both Jordan Park and Liberty Park, drawing large crowds of families. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the city decided to forgo the events after consulting with state and county health officials.

“We know the annual Jordan Park and Liberty Park fireworks shows are favorite celebrations for our residents,” said Lorna Vogt, Director of the Department of Public Services in a press release. “but we just can’t risk attracting such large gatherings of people at this time.”

While the larger events may be cancelled, residents will still be able to set off personal fireworks on their private property.

“While we know it’s disappointing, we encourage residents to enjoy the holiday in small groups and follow the guidance of the Salt Lake City Fire Department regarding discharging personal fireworks,” said Vogt.

For a full list of city firework guidelines, please visit slc.gov/fire/fireworks.