As a result of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Canton has announced changes to its plans regarding Fourth of July celebrations.

While both the annual parade and concerts are canceled, the fireworks are still on for the night of the Fourth of July, around dusk. The fireworks will be shot off from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (formerly Riverstone Boulevard and still shows up on Google Maps with that name).

There will be an emphasis on safety Saturday, with city officials taking the necessary steps to ensure residents can safely watch the fireworks display.

“All of our posts and advertisements will encourage social distancing and will be following state and Center for Disease Control guidelines,” Parks and Recreation Manager Adam Dodson said. “Riverstone is a big and wide area, so there shouldn't be a huge concern with large gatherings in certain areas. We usually have a pretty good crowd of people that watch the fireworks at Etowah River Park, so there shouldn’t be an issue with social distancing and being safe.”

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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