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Due to the uncertainty of restrictions on gatherings, the challenges of monitoring and enforcing social distancing and the amount of advance preparation necessary, the Town has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration and fireworks show on July 4, 2020. While we are extremely saddened to make this very hard decision and know our community will be disappointed, please know that this step was taken with the health and safety of our community in mind. We look forward to a time, hopefully in the not so distant future, when we can once again gather together as a community. Until then, the Town is finding other ways for our community to still celebrate the best of summer and Parker’s hometown spirit.
Governor Polis’ Safer at Home order is in effect through May 27 and does not allow for gatherings larger than 10. There is also no indication when mass gatherings of the size that attends the Parker Stars and Stripes Celebration will be allowed. An event of this nature takes a lot of advance planning and coordination and many of the final plans are locked into place several months in advance. There are also many people who work hard to put this event on, including sponsors, vendors, volunteers and staff. Delaying a decision until closer to the event date would have resulted in many of our partners being in limbo and not able to plan accordingly, as well as funds being spent on event contracts that couldn’t be recouped
Governor Polis’ Safer at Home order is in effect through May 27 and does not allow for gatherings larger than 10. There is also no indication on the size of gatherings that will be able to be held on July 4. The coordination of hosting a fireworks show, while not as in depth as the full event, still takes a lot of advance planning with local emergency services and vendors. Coordinating a fireworks show would still encourage groups to gather in neighborhoods, parking lots and area parks surrounding the fireworks.
There is also no indication or advice from Governor Polis’ office on when large gatherings will be able to resume. In addition, Salisbury Park is a very popular and active park and used for many different activities. The park is reserved one year out for the event date, so rescheduling the full event to late summer or fall would displace other events, our equestrian community and/or our youth and adult recreation leagues.
Town staff is currently looking at 2020 event options and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We look forward to a time, hopefully in the not so distant future, when we can once again gather together as a community. Until then, the Town is finding other ways for our community to still celebrate the best of summer and Parker’s hometown spirit with the Parker Porch Party Series sponsored by Xfinity. Visit www.ParkerOnline.org/PorchParty to learn more and start planning your porch parties.