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Parade, fireworks canceled for 2020

The annual South Belt Fourth of July fireworks show at El Franco Lee Park has beencanceled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This marks the second time in the event’s 32-year history the display has been called off, as it has previously experienced a rainout.

According to event organizers, they were unable to get a definite answer from county officials about proper social-distancing guidelines, and such an event takes several weeks of planning to execute. The yearly event is funded by the annual South Belt Spectacular Cook-off, which was already canceled this past April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual South Belt Fourth of July parade has also been canceled out of social-distancing concerns.

This marked the second time in the parade’s 33-year history that the event has been canceled, as the 2018 parade was rained out.

While parade organizer and Leader publisher Marie Flickinger is saddened by the cancellation, she finds solace in the fact that there has been several other local parades in recent weeks, due to the pandemic.

“Although I’ll miss the parade, we have had so many neat parades in the area, from Dobie to Sagemont Church. I think every school in the community has had some kind of a parade.”