4th of July: Fireworks tentatively planned, other events canceled

DELANO, MN – For more than 160 years, Delano has been celebrating the 4th of July with a variety of festivities.

While there will be no parade or festivities at Central Park, the Delano 4th of July Committee is working to coordinate a fireworks display so the tradition will continue in some way.

A press release from the committee states in part, “Due to financial considerations, we are modifying the event to ensure our ability to have the Delano 4th of the July in the future. With all the uncertainty and impending deadlines to commit to the vendors, food, beverage, and entertainment, the committee does not feel that making a large financial commitment is prudent for the perpetuation of the event for generations to come.”

Organizers are hopeful that there will be a fireworks display, though there are several factors that will affect whether or not that can happen. There will be more communication once details are finalized.

Festivities celebrating the 4th of July have been happening in the area since 1857, 11 years before Delano was platted, and 19 years before it was incorporated. It has seen many changes over the years but, according to organizers, has always continued in one way or another.

The committee did not take the decision to alter the 2020 celebration lightly.

“This has been a long and challenging process, and we would like to thank everyone that has given us feedback,” the press release said. “We would also like to thank all the vendors and committee chairs for all their work leading up to this decision. Without them and all of our volunteers, our event is not possible. We look forward to working with everyone to make 2021 our best year ever.”

For more information on this announcement, see the Friday, May 22, edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

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