Note: This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. June 10.
The July 4 Fireworks Celebration in Oak Ridge has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, the City of Oak Ridge said the challenges related to COVID-19 include:
- The Oak Ridge Community Band has canceled its performance.
- Surrounding areas have also canceled similar events.
- Those attending the July 4 Independence Day celebration would not be able to successfully follow the social distancing requirements established by the State of Tennessee and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The city said there is a risk of larger crowds and more traffic because other nearby events have been canceled. Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said residents can instead spend time with family and friends at home.[Read more…]