In an effort to maintain COVID-19 public safety precautions, the City of Clearwater has canceled its annual 4th of July fireworks display, one of the biggest in the Tampa Bay area.
Clearwater City Council voted unanimously Thursday to abandon this year’s show. With the large crowds that gather in downtown’s Coachman Park and Clearwater Beach for the display each year, proper social distancing and safety measures would be too difficult to monitor.
After considering hosting multiple smaller fireworks locations, a drive-in option and coordination with neighboring cities to put on the show, Clearwater and its police department found logistical complications to be too probable.
The decision to cancel the event follows Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s announcement Friday that the city has no plans for its “Boom by the Bay” July 4th celebration.
As for other neighboring cities, St. Petersburg Communications Director Ben Kirby told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that there has been “no decision made right now,” about the city’s 4th of July plans.
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