Tonawandas cancel July 4th festivities

Posted at 1:04 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 13:44:30-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — It will be a quiet 4th of July in the Tonawandas this year.

On Thursday, Town of Tonawanda officials announced the cancellation of the Independence Day fireworks celebration and its summer concert series due to the COVID-19 crisis. .

"In these uncertain times we are faced with during the COVID-19 Pandemic at the forefront of our lives we needed to consider the health & safety of our residents and visitors to our community first and foremost, said Town of Tonawanda Councilman Bill Conrad. "With regards to the Annual Independence Holiday Fireworks Celebration, the department consulted with the Towns Police Department, and there was a great deal of concern as to public safety and crowd control as this event has grown in popularity over the years attracting thousands of people between the Kenney Field Park, side streets, and parking lots."

"We thank our loyal corporate sponsors and the musicians that would have headlined each event. Hopefully we are able to plan on the return of these great venues for the 2021 Summer Season."

On Friday, both the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda followed suit canceling its 4th of July celebration.