Coronavirus: Fireworks, other summer events on Burlington waterfront canceled through August

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All events and festivals at Burlington’s Waterfront Park planned through August will be canceled, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced on Friday.

The decision came in light of Gov. Phil Scott’s executive order to cancel all fairs and festivals until further notice. 

“There’s just no way for these large gatherings that involve people coming into close contact with each other, sometimes for extended periods of time, to happen safely with the threat of the virus continuing,” Weinberger said in a news briefing.

Included among the cancellations is the annual July 3 fireworks display and celebration, which the mayor cited as being a “fun and important part of the region’s summer”.

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Burlington’s Waterfront Park is a popular site for concerts and festivals throughout the warmer months, with an event happening nearly every weekend of the summer.

Weinberger noted that the city was developing alternatives for how the community could celebrate the national holiday, while inviting the public to reach out with their own ideas.

“We need something that, if not in person, binds us in spirit,” Weinberger said. 

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or ebakuli@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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