Independence Day Announcement
City of Reynoldsburg Aligns Independence Day Activities
with Regional Recommendations
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- The City of Reynoldsburg will not hold its traditional Fourth of July events scheduled for July 3, a decision that aligns with a joint announcement by the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association and the Franklin County Township Association. We are exploring the feasibility of fireworks later in the year. We want to make sure we do what is responsible for our residents and our City. The Mayor, along with City Council, will discuss those options as Governor DeWine releases more information about public gatherings in his Responsible Restart Ohio plan.
Local government associations in central Ohio have decided to advise their members to cancel or postpone Independence Day fireworks displays to protect public health during the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association (COMMA)—an association of 19 cities within the Columbus region—joined forces with the 17-member Franklin County Township Association (FCTA) in recommending members cancel or postpone their respective large-scale, community-sponsored Fourth of July events. Many communities are actively making plans to provide for alternative forms of celebration for Independence Day, with public health considerations at the forefront of their decision-making process.
“The overarching priority guiding our decision is the health and welfare of our residents and communities,” said Westerville City Manager Dave Collinsworth and COMMA Chair. “The COMMA partnership’s recommendation is similar to how central Ohio communities have worked together for years under MORPC’s leadership to manage Beggar’s Night recommendations.”
COMMA and FCTA members agreed unified action was preferable, since municipalities and townships that continued with planned activities while others did not would risk even larger crowds, with people travelling to watch fireworks displays and celebrations outside their home communities. Successfully staging events of this magnitude requires many months of planning and advance expenditures to secure logistics and entertainment vendors. The time is rapidly approaching for communities and event organizers to finalize contracts and commit themselves financially.
"Like many of you, I was looking forward to capping off our country’s birthday with our amazing fireworks display. Unfortunately, this year will be a little different," said Mayor Joe Begeny. "This was not an easy decision. As we talked through different scenarios it became clear that postponing the evening community event and fireworks finale, held in Civic Pak, was the right decision for the health and well-being of our residents.
“We will continue to work with the Reynoldsburg Community Association, the host of the Fourth of July parade, to find a way to celebrate our independence and the great City of Reynoldsburg," continued Begeny. "While we cannot end our 4th of July celebration the way we want to, we can have our backyard barbecues with our families, light up sparklers at dusk, and of course, proudly fly the Red, White, and Blue. In the meantime, I thank you for your patience and understand as we navigate these interesting times, and I look forward to celebrating as a community in the future."