Greenville city officials have canceled the popular Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue festival scheduled for July 4.
The annual festival, which features live music, food and the largest fireworks show in the Upstate, had already been pared down to feature just the fireworks, but a significant increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the community prompted a more in-depth review of the event logistics, according to a release.
“We know how much families look forward to this event every year, so this is not a decision we made lightly,” said Angie Prosser, the city’s director of events and cultural affairs.
“The health and safety of Greenville residents and visitors are our top priority, and given the number of people this popular event attracts, we determined that it would be impossible to ensure that attendees could maintain the recommended social distance,” Prosser said in a release.
The city had previously debated hosting the fireworks show at the Greenville Downtown Airport but were reluctant to do so because of the airport’s proximity to the Greenville Humane Society.