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Cambridge cancels fireworks over public health concerns

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Cambridge celebrates Independence Day

Fireworks glow over the Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge Thursday, July 4 2019, during the city’s Independence Day celebration. Whether the annual display will be approved this year is yet to be determined.

CAMBRIDGE — The City of Cambridge cancelled the annual Independence Day fireworks over COVID-19 social distancing safety concerns.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley said that the decision to cancel was finalized after consultation with Dorchester County Health Officer Roger Harrell and Dorchester County States Attorney William Jones.

Jackson-Stanley said that while the city wanted to have the traditional fireworks display, it was not reasonable to ask the city’s police department to enforce the requirements for masks and social distancing with such a large, dispersed crowd.

At their May 26 meeting, the Council passed a motion to schedule the show if the City could get a plan for social distancing approved by Dorchester County Health Officer Roger Harrell and the Dorchester County Health Department.

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