The City of New Albany is postponing its traditional Independence Day events, including the New Albany parade and festival coordinated by the New Albany Community Events Board, and the evening fireworks. Additionally, this year’s New Albany Symphony 5K run will be a virtual event; more information can be accessed here.
Postponing these activities aligns with recommendations made by the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association and the Franklin County Township Association, stating that their member agencies postpone large-scale parades, festivals and fireworks. These actions also come on the heels of yesterday’s announcement by the organizers of Red, White & Boom of their plan to cancel this year’s fireworks display and develop an alternate celebration.
“This was a difficult but necessary decision,” said New Albany City Manager Joe Stefanov. “We love celebrating Independence Day in New Albany, but hosting activities that bring thousands of people together would simply not be responsible when social distancing is so important because of COVID-19. We will continue to work with our community events board to determine what, if any, alternative activities may occur this year that allow residents to celebrate their patriotic pride while simultaneously respecting social distancing guidelines.”
Stay tuned for updates about when these postponed events may occur later in the year, as well as potential July 4th activities that may occur that would comply with safe social distancing measures.