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Durham is latest to cancel fireworks celebration

Posted June 10, 2020 9:29 a.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2020 10:06 a.m. EDT

The firework are set off above a dry lake bed in Lucerne Valley in Rialto, Calif. on May 7th, 2019. Before fireworks, like those used for Macy’s Fourth of July Show in New York City, illuminate the skyline and TV screens across the country, a team of pyrotechnicians spent months testing fireworks in a desert in California. (Jake Michaels/The New York Times)

— Durham's annual Independence Day celebration is the latest to fall to the considerations of coronavirus. The city announced on Wednesday that the baseball game and fireworks display that draw thousands of people to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park every year will not be held in 2020.

The event is produced annually in a partnership between the Durham Bulls and Durham Parks and Recreation Department.

"In light of the state and local safer-at-home orders limiting the number of people in mass gatherings and the recent data provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the event was canceled to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors," the city said in a statement.

“This was not an easy decision as we look forward to hosting this family-oriented event each year to include a day of baseball, food, fun, and fireworks,” said Joy Guy, interim director of Durham Parks and Recreation. “However, safety is our number one priority, and we must adhere to the regulations of state and local officials, and the guidance from public health experts, specifically the NCDHHS.”

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