Montrose July 4th Celebration Canceled
The COVID-19 Pandemic has claimed another major event in our area. The Montrose July 4th Celebration is canceled for this summer. According to a news release issued by the Montrose Kiwanis Club and the Montrose Lions Club the annual July 4th Celebration has been canceled for the first time since its inception 44 years ago.
The Montrose July 4th Celebration has been a tradition in the area and features a morning parade, Independence Day 5K/10K/Fun Races, Arts & Crafts Show On the Green, a chicken barbecue and a big fireworks show to finish the evening put on by the Chamber of Commerce.
Thousands of people attend from all round the area. According to information in the press release "because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its potential effect on the safety and health of our local residents and the thousands of guests who attend the July 4th events, both Clubs'members feel it is in the best interest of all that we cancel this year's activities."
The groups cite a number of difficulties in moving forward with planning for July 4th festivities. Unless all restrictions were lifted by the state of Pa. social distancing for workers and those attending would be nearly impossible. In addition any testing needed for safety concerns with such a large gathering would also be close to impossible.
According to representatives from both the Kiwanis and Lions Club the decision was made in conjunction with State Representative Jonathan Fritz, State Senator Gene Yaw and the Pa. Department of Health. Committee members will be contacting any individuals or groups who have already submitted payment to reserve their spot for this July 4th. The news release says both the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs look forward to hosting the Montrose July 4th Celebration in 2021.