Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, many cities are making changes to their plans for Independence Day celebrations. Volusia County is no different, and cities are beginning to announce postponements or cancellations to plans.
Updates for individual cities can be found below. This list will be updated as more information becomes available. The statements below have been provided directly from the city governments.
New Smyrna Beach
4th of July fireworks are postponed until further notice, with Labor Day floated as a potential alternate celebration date.
Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Edgewater has decided to cancel the EDGEfest 4th of July Celebration scheduled for July 4, 2020. The date for a rescheduled event will be determined at a later date based on CDC and State of Florida guidance regarding gatherings.
The Port Orange City Council voted Tuesday at a City Council Meeting to postpone its ‘4th of July Spectacular’ event on July 4, 2020, in an effort to continue keeping residents safe due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made to postpone the event based on the reopening guidelines released by state and federal authorities, which won’t allow for mass gatherings in the near future.
“This was a tough decision to suspend our July 4th fireworks event at City Center, said Mayor, Don Burnette. “We plan to reschedule our celebration until later this year, when it is safe to gather in large groups again as a community, and we look forward to getting together with everyone to celebrate at that time.”
Stay tuned for further updates on the City’s website at www.port-orange.org or social media Facebook pages, “ Port Orange City Hall” and “Port Orange Parks & Recreation.”
Due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the fireworks shows for Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July have been canceled. In addition, Friday and Saturday night concerts at the Daytona Beach Bandshell, which were scheduled to begin this weekend, have been postponed until July 10. It has yet to be determined if the Fourth of July fireworks show will be rescheduled. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2LFMT5y.
Like so many other cities across our nation, the City of Ormond Beach will delay our 4th of July the fireworks celebration until Labor Day under the guidance of the CDC’s recommendations as well as the Governor’s orders to limit numbers at group gatherings to protect our most vulnerable residents. We make this decision with heavy hearts as we know this beloved tradition is one that families, the City Commission, and staff alike look forward to every year.
That said, Ormond Beach is a town that celebrates TOGETHER and this decision better helps assure the participation of our elderly citizens, many local veterans, the medically fragile, and grandparents who might have been left out of earlier celebration dates. We hope that you and your entire family will be able to join us as we LIGHT UP LABOR DAY weekend with a celebration to remember!
As our cities, states and nation begin to reopen, we have to continue to consider the safety and well-being of our community members. With that said we have made the tough decision to postpone our fireworks until later this year (right now Labor Day weekend seems to be the likely reschedule date).
Assuming the virus subsides later this summer and we’re able to gather again, it is our hope to have a big celebration with all of you at Earl Brown Park.
The city of Deltona is rescheduling the July 4th fireworks display to occur during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The specific date has not been determined at this time.