BEL AIR, Md. — Two of Harford County's major towns have canceled all 2020 Independece Day celebrations.
Bel Air made the announcement Wednesday, while Havre de Grace released the news Thursday.
"For decades, our committee has prided itself on carrying on Bel Air's Independence Day traditions without fail," said Bel Air Independence Day Committee President Donald Stewart. "We have held events in inclement weather of all types--in fact, this is only the second time in more than 30 years that we have canceled the parade and fireworks. However, after consulting with local officials, and evaluating tentative state and federal time frames for the restoration of large gatherings and public events, we have determined that this year's celebrations cannot occur as planned."
"Canceling this year's parade, concerts, and fireworks is the only responsible and safe decision to make in the face of this year's global pandemic. Believe us - we are as disappointed as you are," a Havre de Grace spokesperson said in an email.