After much careful consideration, the Big Rapids Jaycees have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual 4th of July fireworks display and parade out of concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Considering recommendations from both state and federal agencies, following social distancing guidelines at the annual celebration would have presented a number of challenges and unique difficulties to the success of this beloved community event. Following the cancellations of other community events like the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair and other area 4th of July celebrations and the increasing economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, the Jaycees executive board decided the event would pose too much risk to hold.

Big Rapids Jaycees President, Kathryn Thomas commented on the difficult decision to cancel the event for 2020. “We understand that the cancellation of our 4th of July activities is yet another difficult disappointment in the midst of strange and unprecedented times. However, we are discussing alternative ideas to celebrate the upcoming holiday in a safe way that still engages and supports our Big Rapids community.”

Alternative events being discussed include a photo scavenger hunt or social media challenge that will include and support local businesses and community landmarks. More information regarding an alternative event to celebrate the holiday will be announced in the coming weeks.


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