KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The city of Knoxville is canceling this year’s Festival on the 4th celebration due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual event draws thousands to the World’s Fair Park grounds every year to enjoy family-fun activities, the sounds of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and to revel in the fireworks put on by Pyro Shows of LaFollette, the city said in a news release.
“We are an incredibly patriotic city and this is an annual event we look forward to every summer,” said Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon. “However, under the circumstances gatherings of this size should not take place and would put our residents at a greater risk for spreading COVID-19. We can still celebrate our country’s independence while keeping health top of mind.”
The city is working on details surrounding a “modified celebration of July 4th” including a neighborhood challenge that will keep the spirit of the holiday alive and provide a sense of togetherness, while making the health and safety of our residents a top priority, according to the news release. More information will be released when plans are finalized.
The city will be following the Knox County Health Department’s phased-in business reopening plan unveiled Monday. This means many summer events will be altered, postponed or canceled, the news release said.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all adapt to our new routines,” Kincannon said. “We all look forward to returning to pre-pandemic normal, but we must continue to make these difficult decisions for the time being.”
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