Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's 4th of July is going to have a lot less sparkle. On Tuesday, June 16, the city announced that the Official City of San Antonio Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show at Woodlawn Lake Park is canceled.
Due to social distancing measures and the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the city said it made the decision out of an"abundance of caution to help slow the spread of COVID-19."
“We have to remain vigilant to contain this virus. The actions we take now will ensure that we are all around for holidays and celebrations next year,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg in a release. “We can still celebrate responsibly this year by practicing physical distancing or wearing a face covering or mask when keeping a distance isn’t possible.”
The free, family-friendly event has been a staple of summer thanks in part to its dazzling evening fireworks display. San Antonio joins a growing list of major Texas cities, including Austin and Houston, who have canceled their signature 4th of July events due to the global pandemic.
"While we’re disappointed that we won’t be hosting a celebration this year, we know this is the best decision for the health and well-being of our community during this COVID-19 environment,” said Mary Jane Verette, President and CEO of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, in a release.
The release also notes that city parks and trails will remain open over the holiday weekend, and encourages all patrons to maintain at least six feet of distance while using them.