Storey County cancels Fourth of July fireworks display in Virginia City

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 4:17 PM PDT
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VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - There will be no Fourth of July fireworks in Virginia City this year.

In a press release, Storey County said the decision to cancel this year’s display was based on many factors including “the growing number of COVID-19 cases, potential threats to communities, fire-prone conditions and cancellation of other like events.”

Organizers said they are considering a fireworks display later in the year, but have not released any details yet.

“The decision was not made lightly,” said County Manager Austin Osborne. “The health and safety of our residents, businesses, and visitors is our foremost priority. We expect larger than normal visitation this year – with or without the fireworks – and this decision will ensure that our emergency responders and local community will not be overwhelmed while also managing COVID-related matters.”

Virginia City and its businesses will remain open and will celebrate Independence Day with reduced capacities, face masks and other Phase 2 protective measures.

Osborne said, “While there will not be fireworks, Virginia City welcomes visitors to shop, eat and tour our attractions while remaining safe. We look forward to returning to normal next year.”

In-lieu of a parade, an Independence Day Cruise runs from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with a flyover from the Nevada Air National Guard. Cruise participant line-up starts at the Fourth Ward School, located at the junction of State Route 342 and 341 at C Street, starting at 11 a.m. Registration is not required. Red, white, and blue vehicle decorations are highly encouraged. ATV/OHVs may participate during the cruise hour only.

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