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Durango cancels July 4 events, except fireworks

City says pyrotechnics depend on fire conditions
City officials said Monday all July 4 events are canceled, except fireworks.

The city of Durango has canceled its Fourth of July events but still plans to put on a fireworks show – at least for now.

City officials said Monday that the coronavirus outbreak and continuing social-distancing guidelines prompted the cancellation of the Fourth of July events.

The All-American Gourmet Breakfast, the Freedom 5K, the Independence Day Party, the Stars and Stripes Parade and the Independence Day Street Dance were all canceled.

The city intends to launch fireworks on the night of July 4, but drought conditions could force that to be canceled, too.

“The city is coordinating with local agencies and monitoring drought conditions,” officials said in a news release. “Depending on conditions, adjustments could be made and will be announced closer to the holiday.”

If the fireworks are a go, residents are “encouraged to enjoy the display while practicing safe social-distancing measures.”

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many communities in Southwest Colorado have canceled July 4 celebrations, including Bayfield and Telluride. Ouray is expected to formally cancel the event Monday.

Silverton announced last week its famed Fourth of July celebration would not go on, citing financial difficulties.

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