Dayton cancels annual Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival

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The City of Dayton announced the cancellation of the Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival due to social distancing measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.

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“We are sad to miss out on opportunities for celebration this summer, but unfortunately festivals do not lend themselves to social distancing,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “Health and safety remain our top priorities, and the Commission and I look forward to when it is possible for us to spend time together again.”

The fireworks show was scheduled for July 3 at RiverScape MetroPark and will not be rescheduled.

The cancellation also applies to food vendors and live entertainment associated with the festival.

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“This is yet another difficult decision we have to make,” said Shelley Dickstein, Dayton city manager. “Maintaining the health and safety of our community, vendors and the first responders who make this event possible is our top priority. We look forward to bringing this event back in 2021.”