HENNEPIN — Hennepin's annual Independence Day fireworks are known far and wide, but this year they're not happening.
The Hennepin Fourth of July Committee and local health officials released a statement that, after a vote, they decided to cancel the event "in the best interests of community health and safety."
The release also noted that due to large crowds, the committee believes it would be unsafe to hold the event during the pandemic. There are no plans to reschedule the event later this year.
Many other local communities also are grappling with the issue whether to cancel summer events. Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini said at the council's last meeting that officials in his city contemplated doing fireworks because of Hennepin's anticipated cancellation. They went as far as to float the idea by Hall High School board to potentially use the football field for a fireworks ceremony, but in the end decided for the safety of residents not to go forward with the idea.
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