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The Worthington 4th of July Family Picnic and Fireworks, hosted by the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Worthington, is being postponed for 2020, a decision that aligns with a joint announcement by the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association (COMMA) and the Franklin County Township Association (FCTA).
Tentative continency plans include moving the celebration and fireworks to Labor Day weekend. Discussions are also taking place to possibly reschedule the postponed Memorial Day parade for the same weekend. The rescheduling of these events is tentative and will be decided based on ongoing advice and guidance from local health experts and state orders.
On Friday, COMMA and FCTA recommended their member agencies postpone all large-scale, community-sponsored 4th of July parades, festivals and fireworks displays. Public health considerations tied to COVID-19 are at the forefront of this decision. (see accompanying COMMA/FCTA announcement)
“This was a difficult decision because we know how important these special community events are to our residents,” said Worthington City Manager Matt Greeson. “But after examining the safety risks in partnership with health experts, and in consultation with communities throughout central Ohio, we know this is the right decision to protect the health and safety of our communities.”
The City of Worthington is planning some virtual activities and other events, with social distancing in mind, so our community can still come together in celebration and recognition of the July 4th and Memorial Day holidays.
For Memorial Day, May 25, the City is working with representatives of Leasure-Blackston American Legion Post 239 on a small ceremony to recognize and honor all those in military service who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The service will be recorded and streamed live online. We also plan to re-share video of the 2019 Memorial Day Parade so people can view the parade in its entirety online. Thousands of small American flags, that were originally planted in commemoration of Patriot Day on September 11, will be placed on the Village Green for a visual display honoring our fallen military heroes.
For the 4th of July, the City of Worthington is creating a virtual community celebration including activities to inspire residents, neighborhoods and community groups to get involved in an Independence Day salute to our country. Tentative plans may include staging a parade of City vehicles and asking residents to decorate their homes with patriotic decorations. Look for more details about both July 4 and Memorial Day events soon.
Greeson adds, “While we are disappointed that we are unable to celebrate these important holidays with the fireworks, picnic and parade this year, we will work together to find creative ways to have a meaningful Memorial Day and patriotic July 4 in a way that is safe for our community. Thank you for all you are doing to stay positive, stay healthy, and support your Worthington neighbors during this unprecedented time.”