Victoria’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision is a response to the high rate of community transmission of COVID-19 and new infections within Victoria County, according to a city news release. On Monday, Victoria County saw its largest single-day spike of 146 new confirmed cases.
“We understand that the Fourth of July fireworks show is an important tradition for many people in Victoria, but we had to make this decision in the interest of protecting public health,” said City Manager Jesús Garza in the release. “We appreciate the community’s patience, and we look forward to celebrating with you again after the pandemic subsides.”
The city’s parks and recreation department had planned to host the annual show at the Victoria Community Center in a new drive-in format that would allowing residents to park their cars to watch the patriotic show while keeping their distance from other attendees.
The fireworks show may be rescheduled for a later date if conditions are deemed safe. The city’s agreement with its vendor allows the event to be rescheduled within the next 180 days, according to the release.
As the holiday weekend approaches, the city urges residents to follow public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to curb the spread of COVID-19. These include avoiding large groups, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others and wearing facial coverings in public.