Watertown cancels Fireworks event

WATERTOWN, S.D. (Press Release) – The City of Watertown has announced that out of an abundance of caution it will cancel the 2020 Independence Day celebration scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2020.  All activities surrounding the event including entertainment and food vendors at the Redlin Art Center have also been canceled.

“It is with great sadness that we make this announcement, but our priority continues to be the health and safety of the general public, entertainers, vendors and first responders who make the event possible each year,” said Mayor Caron.  “With South Dakota’s COVID-19 peak projected for mid-June, we do not believe it is prudent to invite thousands to gather for this event only two weeks later.  Furthermore, this is not the right time to ask local businesses for money to pay for this event nor for the public to take on the expense when needed purchases are being delayed due to uncertain economic conditions.”

The City of Watertown looks forward to the return of the annual fireworks show in 2021.