There will be no July 4 fireworks display on the Detroit Lakes City Beach this summer.
The Fireworks Committee of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce made the announcement Wednesday morning, June 17, via news release.
"For decades, Detroit Lakes has been renowned for our incredible 4th of July fireworks display. Generations have safely enjoyed them from the beach, their back yards, or from their boats. It is arguably the highlight of the summer in this region," the news release reads. "Unfortunately, given the nature of COVID-19 as well as to ensure that we comply with Governor Walz’s current executive orders as they pertain to gathering sizes and social distancing, it is necessary for us to suspend the fireworks show for this year."
The release went on to say the decision to cancel was difficult, but that "we felt the only way we’d be able to absolutely ensure safety would be to ultimately cancel the show," according to the committee.
The July 4 fireworks join other summer events that have been canceled due to COVID-19, including the Northwest Water Carnival, the Becker County Fair and Music on the Mountain with Billy Currington.
"Next year we celebrate our city’s 150 year anniversary, and promise that the show we’ll deliver in celebration will be one that will be worthy of our community’s sacrifice in 2020, and worthy of such a remarkable milestone," the committee said.