Blue Springs joined the list of cities where Fourth of July fireworks shows have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The city announced this week it had canceled the Red, White and Blue Springs Fireworks show for the second year a row. Normally, the fireworks show has been held at Peve Stadium at Blue Springs High School, but it was canceled in 2019 because of construction at both Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools.
Blue Springs residents will still be able to purchase authorized fireworks from permitted vendors for celebrations at home. The city said it will release a list of vendors and social distancing guidelines at fireworks tents at a later date.
The city said it made this year’s decision based on health and safety considerations for the community, as well as current restrictions on large gatherings as part of the county’s recovery plan.
“We’re living in a time where we have to make hard, but necessary, decisions to keep our community safe and keep our city running,” Mayor Carson Ross said in a release. “This is an extremely difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of our city as a whole.”
The city of Lee’s Summit announced earlier this month it has canceled the Legacy Blast fireworks display scheduled for July 2. The annual event at Legacy Park regularly hosts about 20,000 people. Organizers of the KC RiverFest on July 4 have also canceled this year’s festival and fireworks show at Berkley Riverfront Park.
The city of Independence has not yet announced a decision on its fireworks display, which of late has been held on July 3. As of Thursday, fireworks sales from permitted vendors will still be allowed. The city had extended the deadline to apply for vendor permits to Friday.