MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GMCCI), in partnership with the City of Muscatine, and with the guidance of public health officials, has determined they will not hold the Independence Day Celebration this year due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 health crisis.
The GMCCI and city officials closely monitored the guidelines and recommendations provided by Muscatine County Public Health, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when making this tough decision. In the past, the events of the day featured a parade in downtown and fireworks along the riverfront that drew an attendance of more than 10,000 people annually.
Given the current guidelines, practicing safe, social distancing would prove difficult to maintain. Ultimately, the partners want to ensure the health and well-being of residents and visitors.
“As disappointing as it is to cancel this long-standing community tradition, we want to take every precaution to keep members of our community safe and healthy,” GMCCI President and CEO Erik Reader said: “We are still looking to have a community celebration of sorts, but later in the summer. At this time, we are exploring rescheduling the fireworks, adding live music, and trying to find ways to support small businesses that have been impacted by the recent events.”
Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson emphasized that public safety will always be her utmost concern. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our citizens and of the visitors to our community,” Broderson said: “The current health crisis has brought significant challenges to our lives. While it is disappointing that this celebration cannot be held, we will be able to enjoy these types of celebrations in the near future by following the guidelines provided for social distancing and personal hygiene.”
The GMCCI and City of Muscatine will release more information as they confirm future event activities and issue necessary permits accordingly.