Fireworks Viewing Party
In line with recommendations from the Central Ohio Mayors and Manager Association (COMMA) and the Franklin County Township Association (FCTA), in May, the City of Whitehall announced the cancellation of the community’s traditional Fourth of July celebrations, including the Fireworks Viewing Party and fireworks display. Similarly, the Whitehall Community Celebration Association (WCCA) has determined that the annual Independence Day parade will not take place on the Fourth of July.
"Recognizing that the Fourth of July is one of the most meaningful celebrations the Whitehall community and our nation partake in each year, safe alternatives to celebrate Independence Day are currently under consideration," said Mayor Kim Maggard. "As difficult as this decision is, the health and safety of our communities comes first. This is the right thing to do at a time when there is so much uncertainty.”
With public health at the forefront of this decision-making process, large-scale community events such as these, which draw thousands of community members to one location, are in direct conflict with the mass gathering and social distancing guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decision to cancel Whitehall’s group events came today after the recommendations made by COMMA and the FCTA, and following the cancellation of Red, White and BOOM!
"We don’t foresee the state’s social distancing requirements being reduced significantly enough by early July to allow for the type of large gatherings that occur during a community’s Independence Day celebrations,” said Mayor Maggard.
The City of Whitehall will partner with the WCCA and other interested civic groups to weigh various celebration ideas and to announce a new set of activities to the community. Anyone with alternative celebration ideas are encouraged to send them to email@example.com. Stay tuned for more details!