Virus cancels 4th of July Fireworks

VERO BEACH — The traditional family fun-packed Fourth of July Fireworks program has been canceled because of coronavirus public health concerns, officials said.

“With the size of the crowd, there was no way to ensure that physical distancing can be adhered to,” Vero Beach City Manager Monte Falls said. “All of the other cities on the Treasure Coast, with the exception of Fort Pierce, have already canceled or postponed their fireworks.”

The City of Vero Beach made the announcement Tuesday on its website. The annual event – including music, food trucks and family activities – takes place on Independence Day at Riverside Park.

The fireworks usually launch at dusk, creating colorful displays and loud bangs across the night sky for viewers. The event usually attracts between 5,000 to 7,000 people to the riverside area, Falls said.

Falls said there’s a chance the fireworks event could be held in November, coinciding with the third-annual beach bonfire.

“We will try to coordinate to have the fireworks with that event, which is normally the first week of November,” Falls said.

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