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Salt Lake City won’t hold fireworks shows this July out of concern for public gatherings

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City’s public fireworks shows will not go forward this year on the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day due to an upswing of coronavirus cases across the state. 

“We know the annual Jordan Park and Liberty Park fireworks shows are favorite celebrations for our residents, but we just can’t risk attracting such large gatherings of people at this time,” Lorna Vogt, director of the Department of Public Services, said in a news release. “While we know it’s disappointing, we encourage residents to enjoy the holiday in small groups and follow the guidance of the Salt Lake City Fire Department regarding discharging personal fireworks.”

The Salt Lake City mayor’s office canceled the shows Wednesday afternoon, saying the decision was made in consultation with county and state health officials. 

The fireworks shows, which traditionally take place in Jordan Park and Liberty Park, draw massive crowds from all along the Wasatch Front — not conducive to social distancing as COVID-19 numbers rise across the state, according to the release. 

The city is encouraging those who hold their own private fireworks events to wear masks, social distance, wash hands frequently and keep the gatherings to 20 people or less, as recommended by the state. 

Salt Lake City has issued guidelines instructing Utahns when and where fireworks can be discharged. More information about those regulations can be found at slc.gov/fire/fireworks.