Mayville July 4th parade canceled, fireworks still scheduled

OBSERVER file photo The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has again forced the cancellation of the annual Mayville Fourth of July parade. However, there will be fireworks, just as there was in 2020.

MAYVILLE — The annual Fourth of July parade in Mayville has been canceled for the second year in a row.

During the Mayville Village Board meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ken Shearer announced the planning committee has determined they need to cancel the parade due to COVID-19 concerns. But even without the parade there will be fireworks, just as there was in 2020.

Shearer said the fireworks would be placed at the same location as last year near the boat launch at Lakeside Park. Parking and attendance will be limited, depending on what the state guidelines are at that point.

The organizers of the Fourth of July celebration told Shearer they are planning five or six vendors in Lakeside Park as well. Normally there are a couple dozen vendors, so this will be smaller than years past, however last year there were no vendors.

Mayville was one of the only communities to hold fireworks in 2020. This year, more displays are expected. The city of Dunkirk is moving ahead to hold a fireworks show. Last week the Common Council approved a resolution to make a $15,000 down payment.

Lakewood, meanwhile, has announced they will not be holding their annual fireworks display.

The announcement was not a surprise. Mayville officials shared last month that the parade was unlikely to take place this year.


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