Fireworks won’t light up the night sky in Groveport on July 4, but city leaders hope to celebrate in the fall.

The city made the announcement May 12 on its website, canceling all the Independence Day events because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“The health and safety of our residents is a top priority, and we are all doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to social-distancing practices,” the statement said. “Mayor (Lance) Westcamp and the City Council continue to consider all available information when making these difficult decisions.”

The city plans to provide fireworks for the Apple Butter Day celebration Oct. 10.

However, “decisions regarding Apple Butter Day will be made later this year,” the statement said.

The city also has not made a decision on the season for the Groveport Aquatic Center.

“Determinations on other annual events and activities that have become part of our community will be based on current information and with the health and safety of our community as our primary concern,” the statement said.

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