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Rethink Canceled Fireworks Shows

Officials in some Ohio Valley communities already have decided, reluctantly, to cancel Independence Day fireworks shows that have been staples of the holiday for generations. Cancellations have been because of concern that social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 could not be maintained among spectators.

But some other towns are adapting. This week, Toronto Mayor John Parker told City Council a fireworks show will be staged at about 10 p.m. July 4.

Other activities, including musical entertainment at Toronto High School’s football stadium, will not be held, however.

Parker explained fireworks will be launched from a remote location, but the display should be visible to most people in Toronto.

Similar plans have been made in a few other towns.

We encourage officials in communities where Independence Day fireworks shows have been canceled to reconsider. Perhaps it is possible to maintain social distancing by eliminating a central location for pyrotechnics viewing. If at all possible, COVID-19 should not be allowed to interfere with the bombs bursting in air and the rockets’ red glare.

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