KC Metro cities call off 4th of July firework displays due to pandemic, budgets

Dan Weinbaum
May 21, 2020 - 11:34 am
A fireworks display with people in foreground watching

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Kansas City, MO - A number of cities in the KC Metro have called off annual 4th of July firework displays due to the pandemic and budget constraints.

Blue Springs announced Wednesday that its 2020 Red, White and Blue Springs Fireworks Show has been canceled.

The city of Roeland Park, city of Fairway and the city of Westwood announced its annual firework display held at Bishop Miege High School scheduled for July 3 has been canceled.

Organizers said it was a hard decision to make, but it was made to “ensure the safety and health of the community.”

“In addition, the cities acknowledge that in this time of need the budget allocated for the fireworks display can be deployed to support other vital city services,” organizers said. “The partner cities and Bishop Miege are already looking forward to planning a fireworks celebration in 2021.”

Blue Springs officials said its decision was made out of consideration for the health and safety of the community and is in accordance with the restrictions on large gatherings in the Jackson County Recovery Plan.

"We're living in a time where we have to make hard, but necessary, decisions to keep our community safe and keep our city running," said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross in a news release. "This is an extremely difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of our city as a whole and one that will not only by fiscally responsible for our city but also keep our residents safe and healthy in this uncertain time."

Blue Springs residents will still be able to buy authorized fireworks from licensed vendors to celebrate at home.


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