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With continued uncertainty about Covid-19 restrictions, Canby cancels event; local groups to host events

The City of Canby has cancelled its annual Canby Independence Day Celebration on July 4 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, the city begins planning for the Independence Day Celebration in January, however, Covid-19 risk level mandates continued to shift, therefore disrupting the planning process.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Canby's 2021 Independence Day Celebration has been cancelled due to continued uncertainty about Covid-19 restrictions. Local organizations and businesses are hoping to fill in the gaps with some activities, however.

Canby City Administrator Scott Archer expressed his disappointment in the decision, "Given the ever-evolving and dynamic Covid-19 directives, unfortunately, it became apparent the city would need to cancel the 2021 Canby Independence Day Celebration. Event planning for Independence Day begins in January and, even though restrictions have loosened, there were no assurances in place that the risk sector guidance would allow for this – or any – event to occur. I am looking forward to next year when we can gather again and celebrate as a community."

During the July 4 weekend, organizations such as the Canby Farmer's Market, will embark on new initiatives such as a two-day farmers market. Additionally, local businesses will provide offerings throughout the July 4 weekend such as expanded seating and live music.

The City of Canby will continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 pandemic as it continues to plan for additional summertime events including First Thursdays and the Big Night Out Street Dance.

"We are eagerly watching how the directives are amended as we enter into summer," Economic Development Director Jamie Stickel said. "The Big Night Out Street Dance is a much smaller event and we feel comfortable waiting until early July to make any decisions about whether we can host the event or not."

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