Atwater cancels July 4 parade, park celebration, fireworks

Jun 24, 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the world, Atwater took the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year's much-anticipated July 4th parade, park celebration, and fireworks. The health and safety of our residents and visitors are of utmost importance, and we are committed to preventing the potential spread of the virus through large gatherings.

Event Cancellation Announcement

In light of the ongoing public health crisis, Atwater's local authorities closely monitored the situation and consulted with medical professionals and government officials to assess the risks associated with hosting large-scale events. With the safety and well-being of our community in mind, it was determined that the cancellation of the July 4th festivities was the most responsible course of action.

We understand the disappointment this may cause, as the July 4th parade, park celebration, and fireworks are cherished traditions in our town. However, it is crucial to prioritize the health and safety of all attendees, including residents, visitors, event staff, and volunteers. By canceling the event, we aim to protect the community and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

Alternative Ways to Celebrate Safely

Although the cancellation of the July 4th event is unfortunate, we encourage everyone to find alternative ways to celebrate Independence Day while adhering to social distancing guidelines and local health regulations. Here are some ideas to mark the occasion:

  1. Host a virtual celebration: Utilize video conferencing platforms to connect with family and friends for a virtual gathering. Share stories, enjoy music, and raise a toast to the spirit of independence.
  2. Decorate your home or yard: Show off your patriotic spirit by decorating your home or yard with flags, balloons, and red, white, and blue decorations. This not only enhances the patriotic ambiance but also spreads positivity and unity within the community.
  3. Enjoy local attractions: Explore the natural beauty of Atwater and its surroundings. Visit parks, trails, and scenic spots while maintaining social distancing. Bring a picnic and savor the freedom and tranquility offered by nature.
  4. Support local businesses: Many local businesses have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Show your support by ordering takeout from local restaurants, purchasing products from nearby stores, or booking appointments for services. Together, we can help the community thrive during these challenging times.
  5. Participate in virtual events: Stay connected with the community by joining virtual events organized by local organizations, such as virtual concerts, workshops, or art exhibitions. These events provide opportunities to engage and celebrate with others while maintaining physical distancing.

Health and Safety Guidelines

While enjoying the alternative celebrations, it is crucial to prioritize the health and safety of yourself and others. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Practice social distancing: Maintain a minimum distance of six feet from individuals outside of your household. Avoid crowded places and limit close physical contact.
  • Wear face coverings: Wear face masks or coverings in public settings where social distancing measures may be challenging to maintain. Protect yourself and others by following local health recommendations.
  • Follow hygiene practices: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not readily available. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay updated: Keep yourself informed about the latest health and safety guidelines issued by local authorities. Stay connected with reliable news sources for accurate information.
  • Respect local regulations: Be mindful of and comply with any specific regulations or restrictions implemented by the local government or authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your cooperation is paramount in ensuring the well-being of the community.

While we understand the disappointment surrounding the cancellation of the July 4th parade, park celebration, and fireworks, the health and safety of our residents and visitors remain our top priority. By finding alternative ways to celebrate safely and following the recommended guidelines, we can navigate through these challenging times together. Let us embrace the spirit of independence and unity while protecting one another.

For more information and updates regarding community events, please visit the Atwater official website or follow us on social media. Stay safe, stay well, and have a meaningful Independence Day!

Gillian Triggs
Looking forward to celebrating when it's safe again.
Nov 14, 2023
Byron Bogaert
That's a tough call, but prioritizing safety is the right decision. Stay safe, everyone!
Nov 9, 2023
Jason Timbo
The right choice to protect everyone's health.
Nov 4, 2023
Michael Bleck
Let's stay hopeful and look forward to future celebrations.
Nov 4, 2023
Parvana Hasanova
Safety measures are crucial during these uncertain times.
Oct 19, 2023
Apurva Naik
The community's safety should always come first.
Oct 14, 2023
Par Olsson
The safety of our loved ones should always come first.
Oct 13, 2023
Labello Mark
That's unfortunate, but safety should always come first. 🙌
Oct 12, 2023
Daniel Cordeiro
Thank you, city officials, for making the tough call.
Oct 11, 2023
Art Zemon
That's a wise decision.
Oct 4, 2023
Marc Puig
This decision shows care for the community's health and safety.
Oct 3, 2023
Fernando Pardo
Hoping for better days ahead and safe celebrations.
Oct 3, 2023
Holly Deshautelle
Safety first! Good decision by the city.
Oct 3, 2023
Steven Rascher
Taking precautions is crucial to protect the community.
Oct 2, 2023
Thomas Murtha
Safety and wellbeing need to be the top priority.
Oct 1, 2023
Loni White
The health and safety of the community are non-negotiable.
Sep 21, 2023
Judy Gross
It's important to make these hard decisions for the wellbeing of everyone.
Sep 11, 2023
Elijah Itah
The community's health is the primary focus.
Sep 10, 2023
David Depillis
Health and safety are always the top priorities.
Sep 10, 2023
Lindsay Rinehart
We'll celebrate together once it's safe.
Sep 6, 2023
Kirk Green
Thankful for the consideration of everyone's safety.
Sep 1, 2023
Walter Vanhee
Disappointing, but necessary for the safety of all.
Aug 29, 2023
Karen Stevens
Let's prioritize health and safety above all else.
Aug 20, 2023
Matt Feld
Safety measures are important in these uncertain times.
Aug 8, 2023
Ofogh Iranian
It's a tough but necessary call for the safety of everyone.
Aug 6, 2023
Kate Woska
It's unfortunate, but it's important to prioritize everyone's health.
Jul 25, 2023
Ava Cameron
Appreciate the caution and care for public safety.
Jul 23, 2023
Robert McCracken
Thankful for taking proactive measures for public safety.
Jul 22, 2023
Julie Wyetzner
Safety is always the right decision.
Jul 21, 2023
Sethu Panicker
The right decision to protect everyone's health.
Jul 4, 2023
Primus Igboaka
We'll have many more celebrations to look forward to.
Jun 30, 2023
Louis Wasco
A tough but necessary decision for the safety of the community.
Jun 29, 2023
Danielle Rasmussen
It's a tough call, but safety is the priority.
Jun 22, 2023
Fernando Ramos
Health and safety come first and foremost.
Jun 20, 2023
Sharon Brooks
It's disappointing, but it's crucial for everyone's safety.
Jun 16, 2023
Lucas McAuley
Community safety should always come first.
Jun 12, 2023
Mary Byrne
Disappointing for sure, but necessary for public health.
Jun 4, 2023
Laura Barton
In these tough times, safety is paramount.
Jun 3, 2023
Sarah Mosesian
A necessary decision to protect the health of all.
May 26, 2023
Sydney Albrittain
Health and safety should always come first, especially during a pandemic.
May 17, 2023
Gils Garage Inc
A responsible decision during these uncertain times.
May 11, 2023
Grace Nguyen
It's a bummer, but health should always be the priority.
May 5, 2023
Tad Nikolich
The right decision to protect public health.
May 5, 2023
Joe Kolinger
We'll miss the fireworks, but let's prioritize safety.
Apr 29, 2023
Jason Scott
Unfortunate but essential for everyone's safety.
Apr 27, 2023
Company Address
The safety and wellbeing of all are crucial.
Apr 24, 2023
Andy Rabin
We'll look forward to celebrating when it's safe.
Apr 24, 2023
Andrew Krois
Disappointing, but understandable given the circumstances.
Apr 23, 2023
Ashley Stephens
The safety of the community is paramount.
Apr 13, 2023
Sandro Munoz
Safety measures are crucial right now.
Apr 5, 2023
Darin Longanecker
Thank you for prioritizing public safety.
Apr 1, 2023
Michael Weir
This decision reflects the care for the community's health.
Apr 1, 2023
Shannan Duncan
Disappointing, but it's important to safeguard everyone's health.
Mar 31, 2023
Hannah Nguyen
Safety first, always.
Mar 22, 2023
Hyun Mee Oh
Safety is paramount during a pandemic like this.
Mar 22, 2023
John Willemse
Putting everyone's safety first is crucial.
Mar 9, 2023
Michelle Torode
It's a letdown, but it's crucial for everyone's safety.
Mar 8, 2023
Elizabeth Pfeffer
We'll look forward to coming together when it's safe.
Mar 7, 2023
Valerio Trovato
A bummer, but it's important to safeguard public health.
Mar 7, 2023
Basem Cmc
Let's all stay safe and look out for one another.
Mar 7, 2023
Steven Blank
The health and safety of everyone is the priority.
Feb 15, 2023
Rafael Casielles
Let's keep safety as our top priority.
Feb 10, 2023
(502) 438-9997
Looking forward to the day we can celebrate safely.
Feb 10, 2023
Arnaud Ducommun
Appreciate the city's proactive approach to keeping everyone safe.
Jan 21, 2023
Wess Stepp
Let's stand together and prioritize safety.
Jan 10, 2023
Megan ElBialy
Let's remember to stay positive and support each other.
Jan 1, 2023
Nevada Thomas
Putting safety above all else is crucial right now.
Dec 23, 2022
Looking forward to future celebrations when the time is right.
Dec 21, 2022
Tristan Ferris
Thank you for putting public safety first.
Dec 19, 2022
Randy Benton
Hopefully, we can celebrate next year with even more enthusiasm.
Dec 14, 2022
Janet Roberts
Keeping everyone safe is the topmost concern.
Dec 7, 2022
Tammy Lakey
Let's stay united and look forward to brighter days.
Dec 2, 2022
Ashli Sebranek
Health and safety should always be the top priorities.
Dec 1, 2022
Margaret Glos
Safety and health are what matter most.
Nov 18, 2022
Shelly Verhagen
We'll celebrate wholeheartedly when it's safe again.
Nov 15, 2022
Craig Hisle
We'll miss the festivities, but safety comes first.
Nov 12, 2022
Riccardo Perello
We'll miss the celebrations, but let's stay safe.
Nov 8, 2022
A Gandyr
Our community's safety is of utmost importance.
Nov 4, 2022
Necessary precautions for the health of our community.
Oct 31, 2022
David Broggy
Looking forward to future festivities when it's safe to gather.
Oct 16, 2022
Bruce Bracken
We'll celebrate with even more joy when it's safe.
Oct 15, 2022
Kerem Pirim
Disappointing, but it's necessary for public health.
Sep 30, 2022
Stephan Lemoine
The health and safety of our community is crucial.
Sep 30, 2022
Zach Dunn
The health and wellbeing of all is the top concern.
Sep 29, 2022
Nicholas Butt
It's disappointing, but the safety of the community is paramount.
Sep 25, 2022
Nicole Ramos
Let's all stay safe and look forward to the next celebration.
Sep 22, 2022
Joe Ferrari
Safety over celebrations, especially during a pandemic.
Sep 19, 2022
A tough decision, but necessary for the safety of all.
Sep 7, 2022
Ronald Craig
The community's wellbeing should always come first.
Sep 4, 2022
Rosie Dayes
The community's wellbeing is the top priority.
Sep 1, 2022
Gimin Shon
The right decision to protect public health in these challenging times.
Sep 1, 2022
Jocelyn Newton
Safety must take precedence in these challenging times.
Aug 24, 2022
Jeanne Hall
Prioritizing everyone's safety is the right move.
Aug 15, 2022
Laurent Gorse
Sad to miss out on the festivities, but it's for the best.
Aug 5, 2022
Randal Noblett
An unfortunate but necessary step in the current situation.
Jul 24, 2022
Jeffrey Rose
This decision protects the health of all community members.
Jul 18, 2022
Michelle Ciambriello
Let's prioritize safety and wellbeing above all.
Jul 14, 2022
Megan Wilde
The health and safety of our loved ones come first.
Jul 7, 2022
Pa Dimalanta
The safety of the community is worth prioritizing.
Jul 7, 2022
Remote Shaman
The health and safety of our community is paramount.
Jul 3, 2022