COVID-19 uncertainty cancels July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival
PHOENIX — The annual July 4 Tempe Town Lake Festival will not be taking place this year.
The city of Tempe and Kiwanis Club announced in a press release on Wednesday that the cancellation is due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those uncertainties include business sponsors not being able to commit financially and whether or not public health guidelines will allow for large group gatherings in July, according to the release.
“Though we are disappointed that the July 4th celebration will not take place in 2021, public health remains at the heart of every decision we make,” Mayor Corey Woods said in the release.
“So much uncertainty remains regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. An event of this scale is very difficult to plan without any public health assurances.”
However, the Kiwanis Club still hopes to have a smaller celebration if public health guidelines would allow so by June.
The club has organized the Tempe Town Lake July 4 celebration for the last 69 years and donates proceeds from ticket and food sales to local charities to help children.
The event usually attracts an estimated 100,000 people to north Tempe each Independence Day and is most known for its 35-minute fireworks show.