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Vancouver's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular canceled

The Historic Trust has decided to cancel the 57th annual Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular due to COVID-19.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Historic Trust has canceled the 57th annual Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular at Fort Vancouver on July 4.

As one of the region's largest fireworks shows, the event attracts thousands of people. The Historic Trust said in a press release it wanted to be responsible and ensure the safety and health of the community.

This marks only the second time the fireworks show has been canceled.

“It is with deep regret we have had to make this decision. This is one of our favorite community events. We look forward to coming together next year for the Independence Day celebration," said David Pearson, president of The Historic Trust.

With social distancing at an all-time importance to help flatten the curve of the virus and a stay home order in place in Washington, Steve Kenny, president and CEO of Columbia Credit Union, a usual sponsor of the event said,  “It’s certainly understandable why our community’s iconic tradition is canceled as we flatten the curve on this pandemic virus.”

But both sponsors and The Historic Trust are looking toward 2021.

 “2021’s patriotic gathering will be even more special after this year’s hiatus. For now, by leaning into the figurative fireworks our collective tenacity and the mutual support that our community – and our nation – is displaying, we’ll stop this coronavirus in its tracks. That’s celebration enough. God bless America. Apart, we’re truly in this together," said Kenny.

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