Lyndonville cancels July 4th celebration due to Covid-19 concerns

Photos by Tom Rivers: The Lyndonville Girl Scouts Troop 82040 won the award for “Most Colorful Float” during last year’s Fourth of July parade. The 44th Annual Independence Day Celebration Parade had a theme of “One Flag, One Land.”

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 May 2020 at 1:28 pm

LYNDONVILLE – The Lyndonville Lions Club has announced its annual Fourth of July celebration will be cancelled this year to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event typically attracts about 15,000 people to the village of about 800 residents.

“The Lyndonville Lions announce with regret the cancellation of their annual Fourth of July parade, fireworks and celebration,” said Lions Club President Bruce Schmidt. “These are our children, relatives and friends whose health and well-being must always be our primary concern.

The Lions Club has organized the event the past 44 years. There are events throughout the day, including a big parade at noon, with the festivities capped by fireworks at 10 p.m. The fireworks show is one of the biggest in Western New York. There is also an arts and crafts show, chicken barbecue, live music, a tractor pull and other activities.

“Because of the effects of Covid-19, having a huge public gathering would not be in the public’s best interests,” Schmidt said. “We look forward to a bigger and better event on July 4, 2021.”

Albion and Holley both have cancelled their festivals in June due to the pandemic.

A big crowd of people watched the fireworks on July 4, 2018 on the athletic fields at Lyndonville Central School. The fireworks display in Lyndonville is one of Western New York’s biggest fireworks shows.

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