Franklin Fourth of July festivities canceled

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The city of Franklin canceled its Fourth of July events for 2020.

Like many communities, both nearby and across the nation, the city of Franklin has made the difficult decision to cancel its Fourth of July events.

Franklin’s Fourth of July festivities consist of “Franklin on the Fourth,” a day-long festival in the Public Square coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club, and the Franklin Fireworks, an evening concert at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm followed by the city’s firework display. 

“It was a very difficult decision to cancel our Fourth of July events,” stated City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “However, with the current guidelines for physical distancing and large gatherings, we feel canceling is the best decision to make at this time.”

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that COVID-19 is spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person and urges at least six feet of separation. With these events drawing more than 10,000 attendees, city officials believe practicing social distancing would be difficult.

“We want to thank the Franklin Lions Club, Friends of Franklin Parks, and WAKM AM-950 for their partnership with the city of Franklin over the years and look forward to working with them on a bigger and better celebration in 2021,” Stuckey said.

For more information, visit franklintn.gov.

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