Much to the dismay of area residents, the Kiwanis Club of Historic Downtown Franklin has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade.
In addition, the city of Franklin anticipates hosting its annual Christmas tree lighting in the square virtually. Details will be announced soon.
"We realize the most important thing we can do right now is to keep our citizens safe,” Kiwanis Club President Tim Jones said. “The club's board of directors has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year's parade.
“Knowing the parade spreads cheer to those young and old, we know we must do what is best to keep our community safe."
The parade was originally slated for Saturday, Dec. 5.
The Kiwanis Club of Historic Downtown Franklin will now begin planning for the 2021 event, and organizers promise it will be bigger and better than ever.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time..
In Brentwood, the city has yet to make a decision on its annual tree lighting event.
“We haven’t made any decisions or announcements yet,” Deanna Lambert, Brentwood’s communications director, said. “We hope to finalize the plan in early October and will announce then.”
Information on the state of Tennessee’s guidelines from Governor Bill Lee on public events can be found at https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/attractions-and-large-venues-guidelines.html.